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The Munson Record 

% ©fiwalogical and giopaphiral Recount 


(A Pioneer of Hartford and New Haven) 





Volume II. 



The heaven of poetry and romance still lies around us and within us. 

Longfellow — " Drift-Wood." 

What is remote ... we are apt to overrate ; what is really best for us 
lies always within our reach, though often overlooked. 

Longfellow—* Kavanagh." 

A man's best things are nearest him, 
Lie close about his feet. 

Richard Monckton M lines. 

Clergyman—" It seems he [Arne] wishes to go away in search of life's good." 
Margit— " But isn't that just what the old crone did?" 
Clergyman — "The old crone?" 

Margit — " Yes ; she who went away to fetch the sunshine, instead of making 
windows in the walls to let it in !" 

Bjbrnstjerne Bjornson in " Arne." 

I think that this gathering of his descendants is one upon which the old Puritan 

Captain may look down with pleasure I venture to say there is no one 

who bears his name to-day who is not proud of his hard-handed, hard-headed 

ancestor Let us . . . remember that we, too, have an inheritance 

to preserve and transmit without dishonor. 

Loveland Munson — Reunion of 1887. 

And now we claim, 
Who gather here to celebrate the fame 
Of Captain Munson, patriot, pioneer, 
The pride of lineage — and we revere 
His name and memory ; and let us strive 
To emulate his virtues — ever keep alive 
The sacred record of the good he wrought, — 
And in the future treasure up the thought 
That every life with good or ill is fraught — 
And that the true will live — the false will come to naught. 

Erwin L. Barbour— R.zxvc\\Qixi. of 1887. 

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Job L. 6 




Wilmington. Vt. 

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Jerry 8 


Woodstock, Out. 

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John 8 


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Job L. 8 

Derius C. 3 

Hancock. III. 

John 9 




Eben B.' 

Clinton 9 


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John Y.» 

Bouldir, Col. 

Arthur K. ' 

Oakland, Cat. 

George H. 3 


Spoliane, Wash. 

f Charles W." 


.Yen, Haven. 

Wallace G. 9 


1 Wagon Works, 0. 

Walter C. 9 


Brooklyn, N. V. 

Frederick H.' 

"^ New Haven. 

f Francis B. ' 

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I Jerome C. 9 

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Batavia, Jav 

Ezra S.' 

Minott 8 
Bridge/tort, Ct. 
Burdett H. 8 

, San hrancisco. 

Lyman E. 

j New Haven, Ct. 

\ John C. 8 


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J James F. 9 

! Newark. N. J. 

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Clan Joel*: Himself. 625 

Clan Joel. 4 

John 3 , Samuel 11 , Thomas 1 . 

Joel 4 b. 18 Aug. 1702 in New Haven ; m. (by Rev. J. Noyes) 
9 May 1727 Mary Morris of East Haven (then New Haven) b. June 
1702, dau. of Joseph b. 1756, son of Thomas the settler; she was 
living 26 Dec. 1771 ; he was living 21 Jan. 1775. Miller (corn- 
mill, saw-mill) ; Cong.; res. New Haven (Mt. Carmel Soc, now 
Hamden), Ct. 

Children* b. in N. H.: 

684. i. Austin 5 b. 20 March 172^ ; bp. 24 March 172^ at First Ch., N. H. 

685. ii. Baszel 5 f b. 23 Jan. I7§# ; bp. 25 Jan. \"]\% at First Ch., N. H. 

686. iii. Sarah 5 b. 18 March 173^. 

687. iv. Joel 5 b. 14 July 1734. 

688. v. Mary 5 b. 2 Jan. 173^. 

vi. Mehitabell 5 b. 14 Nov. 1739; Dr. Trumbull pastor of Cong. Ch., 
No. Haven, recorded the marriage 8 April 1762 of "Captain 
Castle and Joel Munsons daughter." He recorded the marriage 
12 Feb. 1767 of " Cap^ Phinehas Castle and Mary Dickerman," 
sister of the wife of Joel 5 . 

689. vii. Sybel 5 b. 25 Oct. 1743. 

* Theophilus Goodyear and Baszel Munson in a conveyance 13 June, 1769, mention " a piece 
of Land we Lately bot of our Hon r . d father Joel Munson." Mathew Johnson of Lainsbury, Co. of 
Barkshire in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay 1 April 1773 sells " my Hon^' 1 mother M™ Mary 
Munson of New Haven" 18 acres "near the Step Rock;" he mentions also "my Hon r . d father 
M^ Joel Munson." 

t The New Eng. Hist, and Gen. Register, xxxix, 384, has the following : — 

Munson.— .4 Stately Record Contradicted. — The most ancient volume of vital statistics in 
New Haven is a great blessing to the genealogist, and he is disposed to regard its statements as 
authoritative. But the writer finds occasion to impeach an important record which has stood 
unchallenged upon its pages for more than a hundred and fifty years. This error relates to the 
birth of 'Squire Baszel Munson, who appears to have been the most prominent citizen of that part 
of New Haven which became Hamden in 1786. 

This man was born in 1730. According to the venerable record which I have mentioned, he 
was the son of Sergeant John Munson, Jr. But it is certain that he was the son of John's brother 
Joel. Some of the elements of this certainty may be seen in the following facts. 

1. The estate of John's widow was distributed (Pro. Rec. vii. 337) to three sons and two 
daughters, surviving children ; there is no mention of a Baszel. 2. Two of the three sons were 
minors, and the eldest became their guardian (vii. 134) ; there is no mention of Baszel, aged 17. 
3. In a deed (Land Rec. xliv. 528) Baszel mentions "my mother Mary Munson." Joel married 
Mary Morriss ; John, Jr., married Esther Clark. 4. In another deed (xxxviii. 393) Baszel names 
"my sister Mary Mallery." John had no Mary, Joel had a Mary who married Peter Mallery. 
Add that Mary Mallery in a conveyance (xxxiv. 217) speaks of "my brother Baszel Munson." 
5. In another deed (xxxii. 92) Baszel names " my Hon r<1 father Joel Munson." 6. And finally, in 
yet other deeds (xvii. 315 ; xviii. 320), Joel makes mention of "my son Baszel Munson." 

As the error which I have brought to view relates to the ancestry of a large group of families, 
and as it has been published in various genealogical works, I have thought it desirable that the 
correction, and the data which support it, should be made known through the pages of the Register. 

New Haven, Ct. Myron A. Munson. 


626 The Munson Record. 

The home of Joel' was in the Parish of Mount Carmel, "at or 
near" The Steps, on the west side of Mill River. The high 
range, which was known as the Blue Hills, extending westerly, 
at Mill River rises into the conspicuous peak well known as 
Mount Carmel ; the range reappears on the west bank of the 
river and continues for some distance as a low, broken ridge of 
trap rock. The records touching Joel's property make mention 
of " a place called the step Rock," and "the Stepts of the Blew 
Hils," and "the steps at the west end of the Blew hills," and 
especially, very often, of The Steps. Job L. Munson informs the 
author that in his boyhood the big bulge of trap rock cut by the 
railroad north of Mt. Carmel station, used to have on its east face 
a series of steps formed by the detachment of blocks of trap, that 
this rude staircase was popularly known as The Steps, that it was 
a play-place for himself and companions, and that it was blasted 
away by the builders of the New Haven and Northampton Canal. 
A familiar landmark to the early inhabitants : lands in that region 
were described as at, or near, or below, or above, The Steps. Thus 
four acres bought by Joel in 1747 lay " on a place Called the step 
Rock"; another tract which he utilized as security in the same 
decade, was "Bounded Northward on the Stepts "; another tract 
employed as security in 1742 was "Bounded South by the Stepts"; 
a committee of the Proprietors of undivided land in 1756 appro- 
priated to Joel "an acre and Quarter and half Quarter of Land 
and Rocks" lying "a little northwest of a place Called the 
Steps ;" three or four tracts were described as " lying a little 
below that place Called the Steps"; a piece bought in 1746 was 
located " a little above that place Called the Steps "; while various 
other portions of his property were said to be at or near The 
Steps. Four acres on which Joel's house, corn-mill and saw-mill 
stood, were bounded in 1745 "Northward on the Stepts and 
Cheshire Road*, Easterly by the River Caled the Mill River"; 
eight acres on which the house and mills stood were in 1753 
bounded " Easterly by the Mill River ;" and ten acres containing 
the same buildings were in 1765 bounded "West on Cheshire 
Road, Southerly on the path that goes Southerly of my house and 
mills." In June 1769 Theophilus Goodyear and Baszel 5 Munson 
conveyed to the selectmen land for a highway — " to begin at 
Cheshire road, to run East where the path now goeth two rods 
wide to ye Mill River at y e foot of y e bridge which is made over 

* " Cheshire Road had the course of Dixwell Avenue, past Henry Munson's, Hamden Plains 
Meth. Ch., and Centreville Episc. Ch., between Dr. Swift's and (the eastward) burial-ground, on 
past The Steps. 

Clan Joel*: Himself. 627 

s? river South of y e mills." In December 1760 a committee had 
viewed "y e Place for a bridge, Near Joel Munsons house, across 
y e mill River," and in January following ^5 had been voted 
towards the building of the bridge. 

Between 1732 and 1762 Joel made some thirty-two purchases of 
land, the quantities where the measure is specified amounting to 
about three hundred acres. These lands were nearly all in the 
vicinity of his home — adjoining Mill River, Pine Brook, Cheshire 
Road, The Steps, etc.; as many as fifteen were of the Sixth 
Division. In 1750 he paid a committee of The Proprietors, the 
Town of New Haven, and the Hopkins Grammar School, "^246 
old Tenor" for " Lot No. 4 in Oyster shell field " at New Haven ; 
and he owned real estate in Branford, North Haven, Wallingford 
and Amity. In several instances it was convenient for Joel to 
mortgage portions of his property, — in two or three instances to 
"the Hon" Governour and Company of this his maj— English 
Colony of Connecticut* in New England and in America." In 
1765 he borrowed ^1000 of Rev? Thomas Clap President of Yale 
College" and others, mortgaging 70 or 80 acres with all houses, 
mills and other buildings, — " bounded West on New Cheshire 
Road, North on Peter Mallerys and on highway, East on . . . 
and Mill River, South on S. Bellamy and highway :" this property 
was said to be " Near a place upon Cheshire Road Called y e Steps." 

At a meeting of The Proprietors "Tuseday" Sept. 3, 1733, "at 
2 of the Clock after noon ", Cap' John 3 Munson being moderator: 
" Voted that Joel 4 Munson have the Liberty to erect a Damn 
across the Mill River near that place called the steps and there to 
Remaine Dureing the pro" pleasure." The corn-mill and saw- 
mill served by this ancient dam were principal factors in Joel's 
career. He held the property until Feb. 27, 1769, when he con- 
veyed it — 80 acres with all the buildings (bounded as in the Presi- 
dent Clap mortgage)— to Baszel Munson and Theophilus Good- 
year, who in another instrument speak of Joel* as " our Hon':' 
father." These purchasers 6 Nov. 1769 sold Wait Chatterton a 
part of the land with the dwelling-house, corn-mill and saw-mill : 
the tract containing the buildings was located, according to the 
conveyance, " in the Elbow of the river and is bounded East and 
North part on s* mill river and part on the mill pond, South on 

Joel was made freeman in April 1728, was chosen a surveyor of 
highways in 1738 and 1756, grand-juror in 1740, constable in 1757 

•Thus the fact was recognized by the Assembly in Oct. 1745 that Joel Munson had " borrowed 
of the government one hundred pounds new tenour," etc. 

628 TJie Munson Record. 

and 1758, "key-keeper of y e pound" . . in 1756 and 1758, and 
in 1774 he obtained liberty to build a pound. Seven times, 1748- 
1758, he was appointed with such men as James Pierpoint, Jared 
Ingersoll and Samuel Darling, " to remove Incroachments upon 
ye prop" Interests." 

Two or three other matters seem worthy of mention. At a Pro- 
prietors meeting in December 1733: "Voted that upon Joel 4 
Munsons making a feazible highway at the New Way over the 
steps within two year from this time . . . that Then the said 
Munson shall have about two acres of Land southeast of sd way." 
A committee appointed in April 1734, reported in December that 
" Joel Munson has made a feazible cart way over said stepts." 
Again, as Joel 4 had "flowed part of the prop" Land by his Dam," 
he requested that it be " Confirmed unto him upon some Reason- 
able Terms": a committee reported to The Proprietors 31 March 
1760 that they had "taken a bond of him binding him to make a 
Good Cart bridge over y e brook (which brook runs into y e s?Land) 
in the highway in Cheshire road ", — while also Joel relinquished 
" his fathers right in y e Common and undivided Land in s? Town 
in y e Ninth Division."* 

We are happy to add that Joel 4 became a member of the First 
Church in New Haven 6 May 1724 at the age of 21, and that Mary 
Morris who became his wife about two years later, united with 
the same church 2 June 1725. 

In May 1739, agreeably to a petition, f Nathaniel Goodyear, Enos 
Pardee, Theophilus Goodman, Joel 4 Munson, and ten other citizens 
of that part of New Haven which became Hamden, were detached 
from the First Society and "annexed to the parish of North 
Haven in said town." Thorpe reports Joel's name as appearing 
on the church-records in Mr. Stiles's day. He was on the Society's 
committee 1750-1. 


Austin 6 (Joel 4 ) b. 20 March 172^ ; m. Annatje Osterhout| ; he d. 
abt. 1776. Physician ; res. Claverack, Columbia Co., N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Teunis 8 (male) bp. 3 July 1757 by Joh : Casparus Fryenmoet, First 

Reformed Dutch Ch., Claverack. 
ii. Lucy bp. 26 April 1760, at Ref. D. Ch. 
iii. Lydia 6 bp. 19 Dec. 1762, ibid.; m. 30 May 1784 Adam Ten Broeck 

bp. 29 July 1759, son °f Jeremiah bp. il2T, son of Samuel b. 1681, 

* John s 's share in the 8th Div. had been six acres. 

t Dated Feb. 26, 173J. 

t Teunis Osterhout's office as deacon of First Ch. expired 6 April 1758. 

Clan foe/': Baszel*. 629 

son of Dirck Wesselse* b. 164S in Holland ; Adam was sheriff in 
Columbia Co., and an officer in the Rev. Army; Lydia 8 had a 
son Austin Munson' b. 27 Sept. 1791, m. 15 March 1815 Margaret 
Van Hoesen, served in War of 1812, d. 21 May 1875 at Hillsdale. 
(Had a son Rensselaer 8 b. 14 /^~7) /-~ , 

Sept. 1S38, res. N. Y. City; {Jtly I*^f-y->s-x~&H* m „ 
he is, 1892, Gen. East. Agent 
of the Union Pacific System.) 
iv. Eva 6 bp. 3 Feb. 1765 ; in. 15 June 17S8 Adam van Alen. 

Austin" was a grad. of Yale Coll. 1749 (Augustinus, A. M.). 


BaszeP (Joel 1 ) b. 23 Jan. 1 7 § ;} ; in. (by Rev. Isaac Stiles) 2 May 

1 75 1 Kezia, dau. of Rev. Isaac Stiles (of No. Haven), b. 6 Aug. 

1731 ; 6 ch.; she d. 16 Oct. 1768 ; m. (2nd) Abigail Bassett of New 

Haven 22 Oct. 177 1 ; 1 ch.; she d. 20 July 1772, a. 38 ; m. (3d) Mary 

; he d. " 25 Minutes past 5," 17 Nov. 1803 ; she d. 5 Oct. 1S17, 

a. 86. Saw-mill, public business ; res. parish of Mt. Carmel in 
New Haven, which was in Hamden 1786, Ct. 

Children, 1st 5 rec. in N. H. : 

690. i. Job Lucianus 6 b. 26 Sept. 1752. 

691. ii. Titus 6 b. 31 Jan. 1755. 

692. iii. Ezra*' 1 b. 15 May 1757. 

693. iv. Isaac Stiles 6 b. 13 Sept. 1761 ;f according to Dr. Trumbull's (No. 

Haven) record, Isaac Stiles Munson of Mt. Carmel was baptized 
2S Dec. 1760. 

694. v. Kezia 6 b. 1 March 1763. 

vi. Mehetabel 6 bp. 6 Sept. 1766, privately. (Rec. First Ch., Wallingford, 
pastorate of Dr. Dana.) Mehetabel 6 was witness to a convey- 
ance 5 April 1802 ; and the following Oct. 9th, Baszel 6 and Mehet- 
abel 6 conveyed to J. Bishop the right to one-half the mines " that 
he can find on my land that lyeth on the Blue Hills. 

vii. Abigail Basset 6 b. 20 July 1772 ; bp. 26 July 1772, according to the 
records of Mt. Carmel church ; m. 6 Oct. 1791 George A. Bristol 
(Trumbull's Rec, No. Haven); res. Hamden 1795, afterward 
Southington, where she united with the Cong. Ch. by profession 
3 Nov. 1799 ; m. (2nd) Dea. Aaron Bradley ; she d. in 1852, if.. 79. 
Abigail B. 6 bought of her father in Dec. 1793 five acres, bounded 
N. on Mill River ; price, ,£55. In Oct. 1804 she received from 
her father's estate, by Will, £120, of which .£34.10 was in the 
form of 2^ A. 20 rods Chunkhead meadow, bounded E. on the 
River, W. on highway. In June 1800, being "of Southington," 
she bought of her brother Job L. 6 23 acres in Southington ; and 
in April 1S05 she bought of Mary Munson of Hamden, presum- 
ably her stepmother, 24 acres in Southington ; price, $700. 

* " For many years he was largely engaged in Indian and other public affairs at Albany. 
Some years he exported as many as 5,000 beaver skins. In 1686 he became the first recorder under 
the charter of the city, and served as mayor i6q6-q8." — American Ancestry. 

t New Haven Rec. 

630 The Munson Record. 

A record dated 30 Oct. 1765 states that Baszel " hath lately built 
a Saw Mill." Nathan Ailing 2 Feb. 1786 /, / / /fy? 
granted Baszel the privilege " of Erect- /C/^/J^^ '' L ^>~*< rrl 
ing and mentaining a Saw Mill on my 

farm about thirty five Rods West of my Dwelling House on the 
same Stream and Damms where s d Munson formerly Built a Mill ;" 
in return for which Baszel was to " Saw for me 400 of plank and 
400 of Boards p' year my finding suitable Loggs ;" term of con- 
tract twenty years. The above-mentioned saw-mill 17 Feb. 1794 
was leased by Baszel for the residue of the twenty years to Jesse 
Dickerman, for ^18. 

'Squire Baszel's residence, according to his great-grandson 
Rowland B. Lacey, stood on the west side of Cheshire Road, 
between " The Steps " and Mt. Carmel Burial-ground, opposite the 
road opening easterly towards Wallingford ; the north angle 
between the roads is occupied by the Brockett house ; Sereno 
Cook's house marks the site of 'Squire Baszel's home ; it may be 
an eighth of a mile S. of the Burial-ground, while his son Job 
Lucianus' tavern lately burned was about twenty-five rods north 
of the N. W. corner of the Cemetery. Baszel's homestead proper 
comprised 44% acres, 30 rods ; there were two barns on it. The 
inventory of his estate in 1803 included also 10 acres at the N. W. 
corner of the homestead ; 39^ acres, 32 rods, S. of the above ; 2 
acres, 37 rods, S. of the above, bounded N. and W. on highway ; 
14J acres, 33 rods, York lot ; 2^ acres, 20 rods, Chunk head 
Meadow ; 11 i acres, 5 rods, E. of Mill River ; 8£ acres, 11 rods, E. 
of Cheshire turnpike ; \\ acres, 34 rods, Payne lot ; \\ acres, S. 
of H. Brooks's lot ; 3^ acres, 28 rods, between the river and the 
Blue hills, bounded N. on highway; 5 acres, 13 rods, on the Blue 

Baszel Munson Esq-' purchased, 2 Dec. 1782, 1 acre "with a 
Smiths Shop standing on the premises," and eight acres with house 
and barn, bounded S. and W. on said Munson. Dec. 23, 1796 he 
bought of Nathaniel Bishop "a Merchants shop"; it adjoined the 
south side of his own land. Between Jan. 1751 and December 
1796 he made as many as thirty-three purchases of land, aggregat- 
ing nearly three hundred acres. Six pieces were bounded west 
by the river, and three or more east of the river. Eighteen acres 
with a house — formerly owned by his father, were sold by Baszel" 
and T. Goodyear to J. Ailing, Ju r , — bounded W. on the river — 
"runing North to y e foot of y e Ledge where y e Damm Comes to 
y e Rock." The same partners, for jC6. 10, in July 1769 conveyed 
to Abner Todd one acre in M l Carmel, bounded "N. partly on 

Clan Joel K : Baszel". 631 

Munsons mill pond so Called, E. on the Top of the Rock, and is 
to run along on y e Top of y e Rock southerly to the Highway 
North of the Steps so Called making a point where it Joyns to 
the highway southerly." We add here that in the distribution of 
the widow's dower in the estate of Rev. Isaac Stiles, the heirs of 
Mrs. Kezia Munson received nineteen acres. 

Baszel was made freeman in 1756. In 1752 he obtained liberty 
to build a pound, and again in 1759, and yet again in 1774. He 
was elected key-keeper in New Haven and Hamden as many as 
fourteen times. He was chosen one of the collectors of the town 
rates (New Haven) in 1761 and was chosen a tythingman in 1762. 
He was a surveyor of highways in both New Haven and Hamden. 
He began service as lister in Dec. 1764. In January 1782, Baszel 
Munson of Mount Carmel and Jonathan Dayton of North Haven 
were made a joint committee to press upon the General Assembly 
a memorial " for procuring town privileges for the parishes of 
North Haven and Mount Carmel." The petition did not then 
prevail, but in 1786 each region was incorporated. In the first 
year of Hamden's corporate existence (1786), 'Squire Baszel was 
moderator of the town meetings in November and December; he 
was chosen moderator at least fourteen times during fifteen years. 
He was elected selectman in 1790, '91, '96, '97. He was a justice 
of the peace, e.g., in 1795. In the records at "Wallingford there is 
mention of a court in that town composed of Justice Stanley and 
six esquires including Baszel Munson. We ought to add that in 
Dec. 1781, Baszel was chosen by New Haven one of a committee 
with Charles Chauncey, James Hillhouse, Samuel Bishop, and 
others, " to report a plan for the Division of this Town into dis- 
tinct and Separate Towns." 

Captain Baszel was active and prominent in local proceedings 
connected with the Revolution. He and Doctor Eneas 5 were 
among the twenty-eight citizens of New Haven who were chosen 
a committee of inspection, Dec. 11, 1775. Jan. 5, 1778 Mess r .' Jere- 
miah Atwater and Baszel Munson were chosen " to sell the salt 
belonging to this Town according to their discretion," — not more 
than one peck to any one family and only to inhabitants of the 
town who have taken the oath of fidelity. Further measures for 
the defence of New Haven were proposed March 16, 1778, and a 
committee of eighteen, including Baszel Munson, James Hillhouse 
and Benjamin Trumbull were appointed to view the town, and 
" Judge what is needful to be done for the Defence of the Town." 
One week later (March 23) the committee made an interesting 
report : West bridge should have 2 small works, for 4 pieces of 

632 The Munson Record. 

ordnance. The only other pass into the Town from the westward 
is on the Road by or near the paper mill ; the ground there is 
very advantageous for defence, the whole of it by which the 
enemy Could pass between the west Rock and any part of the 
River which is fordable being easily Commanded by Cannon. 
Should be a small work or Redoubt on the East side of the west 
River hill on the road leading to Amity, for 2 or 3 field-pieces. 
West Haven and East Haven have so many high grounds upon 
which a pass may be taken, and so many places where the enemy 
can land, etc., etc. The Rev. Mr. Trumbull was requested by the 
Town to communicate these observations to his Excellency the 
Gov. r and Council of Safety. 

The roll of the 2nd Militia Regiment includes the name of 
"Captain Basil Munson." In the selectmen's book, New Haven, 
under date of Dec. 6, 1779, appears an order "to Capt. Bazel Mun- 
son" for ^30. Annie L. Dickerman relates the following : " My 
great-great-grandfather Baszel Munson, was commissary in the 
time of the Revolutionary War. At its close he had a large sup- 
ply of bread on hand. As the troops passed through town on 
their return to their homes, he invited them into his storehouse 
and said — ' Now boys eat and be merry.' After they had finished 
their repast, he proposed a game of football with the remaining 
bread. The proposal was greeted with acclamations, and each 
carrying his loaf, went into a neighboring field, where they had 
the merriest game of football on record." 

An account-book of Baszel's son, Job Lucianus, has this : 
" November th 10 Y e 1783 
Bazzel Munson dr 
to 1 Cart that I saack Had 800 

to 1 peair of oxen 12 o o 

to 1 buchel of brand 010 

to 1 days work at the mill 036 

to 1 gallons of bran deay 080 

to cash pade by [Dr] Walter Munson 1 on 

to oxen and cart 1 day 040 

to 1 day work 5 o 

March 1792 

to 17 ft) of wheat flower 5 5 

Novem the 1 Y e 1783 Cradit to father Munson 

for Monneay borard 346 

to Monneay 400 

Clan Joel*: Sarah*. 633 

As to Mrs. Kezia, she was the daughter of Esther Hooker, the 
second wife of Rev. Mr. Stiles. It seems to us curious and very 
strange that being the daughter of a clergyman, and half-sister of 
Ezra Stiles, president of Yale College, she should sign a convey- 
ance in 1762 with "her mark." Mrs. Mary, by her husband's Will, 
received "the use and improvement" of his homestead, and some 
other real-estate, together with " my best horse and riding car- 
riage and two cows and my negro man Prince," etc. " My son 
Isaac [is to] have and improve said Real estate given to my said 
Wife, so long as to her may be satisfactory, paying to her" etc. 

The amount of the 'Squire's estate, after all claims were dis- 
charged, was ^2084. He made bequests to his sons Job L.", 
Titus" and Isaac*, the children of his deceased son Ezra", the chil- 
dren of his deceased daughter Keziah G , and his daughter Abigail' ; 
also to his grandson Bazil 7 ^30. 

Mrs. Allen relates something of the slave, Prince, mentioned 
above. "All sorts" used to tease him. When once he had some 
potatoes roasting, he fell asleep ; some jocose persons who dis- 
covered his project, dug the tubers out of the ashes, and ate them 
up. He used to go to Mr. Brockett's cooper's-shop for shavings. 
He was once carrying away a load on his back, when the jokers 
set them afire. At the distribution of Baszel's estate, Prince fell 
to the daughter, Abigail B., whose home was in Southington. 

The Cong. Ch. at Mt. Carmel was organized 26 Jan. 1764. On 
the 24 of June following, Baszel Munson was admitted to its com- 
munion. The names of the 'Squire and his wife appear on the 
roll of members in 1783 and in 1800. In Oct. 1785 he paid S. B. 
,£4.10 for one-half of a pew in the meeting-house — "the S. pew 
next the middle alley." 


Sarah 6 (Joel 1 ) b. iS March 173^; ;//. Theophilus Goodyear* b. 
25 May 1731 ; she d. 1 Dec. 1775 \ ne 'I- 2 & May 1793. Revolution- 
ary soldier, f Res. New Haven, i. e., Hamden, Ct.J 

* Son of Theophilus, a minor in 1717, m. Esther Sperry 1725 ; son of John b. 8 March 1650, tn. 
Abigail Gibbard 1683 ; son of Stephen, merchant, and Deputy Gov. of New Haven Colony from 
1643 until 1658 when he died in London. It is believed that he would have been advanced to the 
chief magistracy had he been in the Colony when Gov. Eaton died. 

For the genealogical particulars in regard to the posterity of Sarah 5 and Theophilus, I am 
indebted to their great-grandson Frank E. Hotchkiss of New Haven, and Miss Grace Goodyear, 
who is preparing a Goodyear genealogy. 

t State troops, June 1776— Dec. 25 under Capt. Peck of Milford, Col. Douglas. " Conn. Line " 
—enlisted as corporal under Capt. Mansfield of New Haven, Col. Douglas, April 1, '77. for the 
War,— paid to 1780 — served on the Hudson. 

X On the old Canal, perhaps 50 rods northeasterly of the R. R. station named Centreville. 

634 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Joel 6 b. 22 Oct. 1755 ; m. Mary Ann dau. of James and Anna (Shel- 
ton) Beardsley ; she d. 27 Jan. 1799, a. 34 ; he d. Nov. 1824, at the 
home of a son of Joel Munson in Hamden ; res. Woodbridge, Ct.; 
5 ch. — (1) James', unm., d. y., (2) Sally', unm., d. y., (3) Eliza- 
beth' b. 27 Dec. 1790, m. John son of John and Lois (Ray) Heaton 
b. 6 Dec. 1786, he d. 26 Nov. 1826, she d. 2 Nov. 1881, (4) Grace', 
unm., d. y., (5) Mary Ann' /'. 1799, m. Frederic Merwin b. 1795, 
she d. 12 April 1876, he d. 18 Sept. 1876. F. E. H. states that 
Elizabeth and Mary, double cousins of his mother, died in New 
Haven. Joel Goodyear of Woodbridge presented to court in Oct. 
1800, a memorial as parent of James, Sally, Elizabeth, Grace, and 
Mary Ann, minor children of Mary Ann, his deceased wife. 

ii. Theophilus 6 /'. 3 April 1757 ; m. dau. of John Hull of Redding, Ct.; 
a son John' had Hull 8 , Theophilus 8 , Eleanor s . Theophilus* was 
in the list of invalid Rev. pensioners 1833-34. 

iii. Austin' 1 b. 23 April 1759 ; m. Susanna Pardee ; res. West Spring- 
field (now Holyoke), Ms. — grandson Austin* has the homestead ; 5 
ch. — (1) Lyman' b. 23 Sept. 1793, in. Dec. 1816 Esther Humiston 
(had Austin 8 and three dau.), (2) Lois' b. 13 Aug. 1794, m. J. Day, 
(3) Austin' b. 13 Sept. 1797, d. 1803, (4) Pardee' b. 3 July 1800, d. 
July 1803, (5) Joel' b. 28 March 1802, d. July 1803. 

iv. Edward 6 £. 2S March 1761 ; in. 8 Oct. 1786 Abigail Hull of Cheshire ; 
res. Cheshire, Ct., where his name appears repeatedly in public 
records ; 6 ch. — (1) Dolly' b. 1787, in. Brindle, (2) Edward' b. 
March 1789, m. 9 Aug. 1814 Leve Alcott, eight ch., (3) Harry' *. 
15 Dec. 1790, d. 9 Nov. 1791, (4) Abigail' b. 1793, m. Hotchkiss, 
(5) Lotty' b. 1794, d. 1796, (6) Bede' b. 1795, m. D. Upson. 

v. Sarah 6 b. 19 March 1763 ; m. John Gill; res. North Haven ; their 
dau. Delia Ann' in. Bela' Goodyear, son of her uncle Simeon 6 , sec 

vi. Simeon 6 b. 8 Feb. 1765 ; m. Hannah dau. of James and Anna (Shel- 
ton) Beardsley, b. 1768 (sister of Joel's wife) ; 5 ch.; she d. 30 May 
1805 ; in. (2nd) 14 Aug. 1S06 Eunice dau. of Col. Jonas and Amie 
(Smith) Prentice ; 1 ch.; she d. 15 Aug. 1810 ; in. (3d) Abigail wid. 
of Daniel Brainerd of Haddam and dau. of Solomon Fowler of 
Northford ; he d. 26 Dec. 1815 ; res. (old homestead) Hamden, 
Ct.; 6 ch. — (1) Horace' b, 1793, m. Sally dau. of Amos and Chloe 
(Bradley) Dickerman /'. 23 Aug. 1796, he d. 2S March 1866, res. 
(old homestead) Hamden, had dau. Emily 8 , (2) Albert' b. 30 Nov. 
1797, in. 9 June 1824 Mary Ann dau. of Amos and Chloe (Bradley) 
Dickerman b. 1 March 1803, he d. 12 July 1878, res. Hamden, had 
a son Alfred 8 b. 1830, (3) Bela' b. 1799, m. his cousin Delia A.' 
dau. of John Gill, she d. 1 Jan. 1884, he d. 23 Aug. 1885, res. 
North Haven, seven sons* of whom five fought and suffered in 

* Bela 7 and Delia A. 7 had 

1. Ellsworth D. S. 8 b. 28 April 1827 in North Haven ; res. No. Haven. (From " North Haven 
Annals," I quote the war-history of Ellsworth and four brothers.) He enlisted 31 Aug. 1861, com- 
missioned captain Co. C, 10th Conn., 22 Oct. 1861, present at Roanoke Island, Kinston, Whitehall, 
Goldsboro, Seabrooke Island, Siege of Charleston, Fort Sumpter, Walthall Junction, Bermuda 

Clan Joel 4 : Sarah*. 635 

The War, {4) George 7 * b. 9 Dec. 1801 in Hamden, tn. 3 May 1S30 
Elizabeth dau. of Judge Robert Anderson at Gaines, N. Y., she 
d. 2S Feb. 1S44, three ch., m. (2nd) 18 Dec. 1S44 Roxana dau. of 
Dea. L. S. Rand of Townshend, Vt., he died 18 Nov. 1884, 
clergyman, Cong., res. Temple, N. H., (5) Anna Maria 1 b. 7 Feb. 
1804, m. 6 June 1827 Stephen son of Stephen and Mary (Griswold) 
Hotchkiss b. 6 Feb. 1S05, he d. 17 April 1868, she d, 2 April 1876, 
res. New Haven, nine ch.,f of whom is Frank E. 5 , Supt. of Yale 
Un. Grounds and Buildings, director of New Haven Hist. Soc, 
etc., (6) Amelia Prentice 7 , res. Hackensack, N. J. 

Hundred, Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom (twice). Deep Run, Petersburg, and assault on Fort 
Gregg 2 April 1865, when he was wounded in the shoulder and forced to retire — promoted to major 
10th Conn., Lieut.-Col. do., and brevet brigadier-general for gallantry at Fort Gregg — mustered 
out by complimentary order of the war department 2 June 1865. 

2. Simeon Eldridge b. 7 Oct. 1830 ; d. 22 Jan. 1890. 

3. Edward Leroy b. 2 March 1833 ; res. North Haven, where he is postmaster. Enlisted as 
musician (fifer) Co. C, 10 th Conn., 2 Oct. 1861, re-enlisted "as veteran" 1 Jan. '64, present at 
Roanoke Island, Newberne, Cove Creek, Trenton, Rauls Mills, West Creek, Kinston, Whitehall, 
Goldsboro, Seabrooke Island, James Island, Fort Wagner, Siege of Charleston, Walthall and 
Chester Stations, Salem Church, Proctor's Creek, Drury's Bluff, Bermuda Hundred, R. and P. R. 
R., Wirebottom Church, Deep Bottom, Deep Run, Laurel Hill, Petersburg, Newmarket Heights, 
Newmarket Crossroads, Darlytown, Charles City Road, Hatcher's Run, Fort Gregg, and Appo- 
mattox— mustered out 12 Aug. 1865. 

4. Robert Beardsley 8 b. 20 Aug. 1835 in No. Haven ; m, his cousin Ellen Maria 8 Hotchkiss ; 
physician ; res. North Haven, Ct. Enlisted Co. B, 27th Conn., 1 Sept. 1862, present at Fredericks- 
burg, and at Chancellorsville where he was captured, was parolled, sent to Alexandria, and mus- 
tered out with regiment after nine months of service. He achieved succesaas a teacher. Entered 
the medical school of Yale Coll. in 1864 and graduated in 1868, receiving meantime (1865) the 
appointments of resident physician in the Conn. State Hospital, and (1866) assistant physician to the 
Hartford Hospital, and (1867) assistant physician to the superintendent of the retreat for the insane 
at Hartford. He has a wide patronage. (His portrait appears in " North Haven Annals.") 

5. Walstein 8 b. 20 Aug. 1839 ; d. 3 Sept. 1862. Enlisted in Co. F, 1st Conn. Heavy Art., 23 
May 1861, in M e Clellan's Peninsula campaign, wounded last day of the fight at Malvern Hill— fall 
ing into the hands of the enemy, in Libby Prison, exchanged, died in hospital at Philadelphia 
Sept. 1862. 

6. Francis Wilbur 8 b. 19 Nov. 1840 ; res. Springfield, Ms. Enlisted Co. E, 7th Conn., 7 Sept. 
1861, present at Port Royal, Tybee, St. John's Bluff, Pocotaligo, Johnson's Island, Fort Wagner 
Fort Sumpter, Siege of Charleston, Bermuda Hundred, Drury's Bluff, and the second attack Ber- 
muda Hundred 17 June 1864 where he was taken prisoner on the picket line, entered Andersonville 
prison June 29, with his comrade secured a bit of ground 8 ft. by 4 on which to lie, first ration a 
pint of uncooked corn-meal and a small stick of wood, dug a tunnel for escape but were discovered, 
assisted in carrying out the dead each morning and received their miserable rags for his service, 
taken 23 Nov. '64 to Millen and exchanged— while in prison promoted to First-Lieut. Co. H, 7th 
Conn. — mustered out 20 July 1865. 

7. Stephen Edgar 8 b. 12 Dec. 1847 j d. 26 Nov. 1871. 

•After grad. at Yale in 1824, he took a three years' course in the Yale Divinity School, and 
was ordained as an Evangelist at New Haven 22 July 1828. Installed pastor Cong. Ch. in Ashburn- 
ham, Ms., 10 Oct. 1832, and remained nine years. He was pastor three or four years in Truro, on 
Cape Cod, and four years and a half at South Royalston, Ms. He was pastor at Temple, N. H. 
April 28, 1855 — Oct. 25, 1865 ; his resignation was occasioned by attacks of hemorrhage. He was 
able, however, to represent the town of Temple in two sessions of the State Legislature, and to 
extend his great influence for good in the community. 

t(i) Henry Wells 8 b. 6 April 1828, d. 6 July 1S82 in San Francisco, (2) Stephen Goodyear 8 b. 25 
Jan. 1830, res. Stacy, Mont., (3) James Augustus 8 b. 11 Jan. 1833, d. 23 Sept. 1863 in New Haven, 
(4) Frederic 8 b. 25 Jan. 1836, res. Saybrook, Ct., (5) Frank Edwin 3 b. 29 March 1837, (6, Amelia 
Elizabeth b. 10 Oct. 1839,^. 5 Oct. 1853, (7) Willis Goodyear 8 b. 25 Jan. 1841, d. 1 Jan. 1845, (8) 
Ellen Maria 8 b. 25 Feb. 1847, m. Dr. Robert B. Goodyear, her cousin, see above, (9) Clara Augusta* 
b. 19 Sept. 1851, d. 17 Aug. 1852. 

636 The Munson Record, 

vii. Jared'* b. 26 April 1767 ; m, 20 March 17S9 Bcde Ives ; res. Lawyer- 
ville, N. Y.; 10 ch. — Jared*, Jared 7 , Willis 7 , Lois", Bede 7 , Willis 7 
(his wid. Emily res. Fort Plain, N. Y.), Emily 7 . Charles 7 , Elmira 7 , 
viii. Obedience' 5 /-. iS June 1770 ; </. unm. 
ix. Amasa* b. 1 June 1772 ; m. Cynthia Bateman ; "the pioneer in the 
American manufacture of hardware," Am. Cyc; res. Naugatuck, 
and New Haven, Ct.," and thence went to Key West, Fla., with 
sons Robert 7 and Amasa 7 , to raise fruit for Northern markets 
(forty years before this practice arose), where all three died of 
yellow fever about the same time ; "he was far ahead of his time 
in a good many respects" — F. E.H.\ 6ch. — (1) Charles 1 \ b, 29 Dec. 

* F. E. H. states that Amasa owned the whole region about Howard Avenue,— had a farm- 
house there. Dea. Stow remembers when he was landlord of an inn at the corner of George and 
Meadow streets. 

tl quote the Am. Cyc; "He received only a public school education. After coming of 
age. he joined his father Amasa Goodyear, the pioneer in the American manufacture of hardware, 
in the hardware business in Philadelphia. The firm being overwhelmed by the commercial dis- 
asters of 1830, he selected as a new occupation the improvement of the manufacture of India 
rubber. His early experiments were carried on at New Haven, Ct., Roxbury, Lynn, Boston, 
and AVoburn, Ms., and the City of New York." He discovered the nitric-acid -gas process in 
1836 ; and in Jan. 1839, the results of an accident by which rubber, sulphur and other ingredients 
were brought into contact with a red-hot stove, suggested to him the process of vulcanization to 
which we are indebted for soft and hard rubber as known to-day. " From this time until his 
death the process of vulcanization occupied his whole attention, but he reaped no adequate 
pecuniary reward for his labors. The Goodyear patents, now more than sixty in number, have 
been very expensive in themselves, and still more so from the necessity of defending and protect- 
ing them against infringers. The first publication of the process of vulcanization was Goodyear's 
patent for France, dated April 16, 1844. The French laws require that the patentee shall put and 
keep his invention in public use in France within two years from its date.^ Goodyear endeavored 
to comply with this and with all other requirements of the French laws, and thought he had 
effectually done so ; but the courts of France decided that he had not complied in every particu- 
lar, and that therefore his patent had become void. In England he was still more unfortunate. 
Having sent specimens of vulcanized fabrics to Charles Mackintosh & Co. in 1842, and having 
opened with them negotiations for the sale of the secret of the invention or discovery, one of the 
partners of that firm named Thomas Hancock availing himself of the hints and opportunities thus 
presented to him, rediscovered, as he affirms, the process of vulcanization, and described it in a 
patent for England, which was enrolled on May 21, 1844, about five weeks after the specification 
and publication of the discovery to the world bj' Goodyear's patent for vulcanization in France. 
The patent of Hancock, held good according to English law, thus superseded Goodyear's English 
patent for vulcanization, which bore date a few days later. Goodyear, however, obtained the 
great council medal of the exhibition of all nations at London in 1851, the grand medal of honor of 
the world's exhibition at Paris in 1855, and the cross of the legion of honor, presented by 
Napoleon III." 

The aged Dea. Henry Stow of Wooster St., New Haven, informs me, 10 March 1894, that he was 
next door neighbor to Charles Goodyear about 1836 ; their houses were at Congress Avenue, on 
" Sodom Hill." Between their habitations was a high board fence, against which the inventor 
erected a shed in which to conduct his experiments. His processes generated odors which were 
disagreeable and occasioned some complaint among the neighbors. It was their opinion that he 
did not know much— that he was "a fool." While he devoted himself to his experiments, his 
property dwindled,— became so reduced that " he could not get trusted for a loaf of bread." 

At the quarter-millennial celebration in Springfield, Mass., 1886, Railroad-Commissioner Kinsley 
said : " I recall with a great deal of interest, the name of a quiet, modest man, who, although he 
started his enterprise in another place, succeeded in bringing the manufacture of india-rubber to a 
high state of perfection in a shop now standing on Mill river. I allude to Mr. Charles Goodyear, 
whose name is world-renowned. I remember distinctly a little incident which happened during 
his life in Springfield. He was very poor, and one day was arrested for the non-payment of a 
debt. He was put in the jail limits. He had a suit of clothes making at a tailor-shop in Spring- 
field, and on Saturday night, when the clothes were to be delivered, one of the firm said that Mr. 

Clan Joel*: Joel 1 '. 637 

1800 in New Haven, /«. Clarissa Beecher, four ch., m. (2nd) 

Wardell, one ch., he d. 1 July 1S60 in N. Y. C, inventor, son 
Charles 8 res. Rock Ledge, Fla., (2) Henry 7 , (3) Harriet', (4) Nel- 
son", (5) Robert', (6) Arnasa 1 . 
x. Thaddeus 6 b. 5 June 1774; hi. Sarah dau. of Thaddeus and Phebe 
Clark of West Haven ; m. (2nd) Eliza Van Ranse ; " a pioneer in 
stage-lines, etc." ; res. New York City. 


Joel (Joel 4 ) b. 14 July 1734 ; m. (by Rev. Sam 1 Bird) 4 Feb. 1761 
Sarah dau. of Samuel Dickerman of New Haven ; he d. before 
April 1774 (after 31 July 1772). Res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, rec. in N. H.: 

695. i. Samuel Dickerman 6 b. 29 Jan. 1763. 

696. ii. Mary 6 *. 30 Sept. 1766. 

iii. Joel 6 £. 25 Jan. 1769; Mrs. Thatcher writes that "he went to Balti- 
more when a young man, accumulated a fortune, and married into 
one of the first families. At the time of his death there were pub- 
lic demonstrations, such as tolling all the church bells of the city, 
etc." The account-book of Job Lucianus 6 has this : lt May 25 the 
1789 then Reckkened with Joel 6 Munson & Due to me 060 
August 1790 to Half a quier of paper 9 

to Written book 6 

to one of the Thirdes 16" 

697. iv. Jesse 6 /'. 30 May 1771. 

Goodyear was at Sheriff Foster's. But he said to the trotter-boy in the shop, ' When you go 
home, take Mr. Goodyear's suit of clothes to him, and tell him that he can pay for them when it suits 
his convenience.' On the way to the jail the boy stopped at his home for supper. A barrel of 
fine red apples had been delivered that afternoon at the boy's house, and his mother requested him 
to unhead it. He did so, and took out of the barrel one of the largest apples and put it in his 
jacket-pocket. He then started for the jail, which was near by, to deliver the clothes to Mr. 
Goodyear. To his surprise he found Mr. Goodyear reading in Sheriff Foster's office. He was 
not behind the bars, but was only in the jail limits. He delivered the clothes and the message of 
his employer. It occurred to him that, perhaps, the red apple would be acceptable to Mr. Good- 
year. He took the apple out of his pocket and handed it to Mr. Goodyear, who thanked him very 
kindly. On the first of January, 1854, this young man was in Paris. It was Sunday, a /He day. 
Lord Palmerston and other notable men were in the city conferring with Napoleon about the 
allied army. The young man went into John Munroe's office and sat down to read some letters 
that had been received there for him. After he had finished reading, he looked up and saw in the 
next room Mr. Goodyear. Soon Mr. Munroe came to him and said, ' Do you know that gentle- 
man?' pointing to Mr. Goodyear. He replied that he did ; that the gentleman was Mr. Charles 
Goodyear. Mr. Munroe then said, ' He wishes to see you.' The young man then went to Mr. 
Goodyear, who looked up from the desk at which he was writing, and said, ' How do you do? You 
are from Springfield, and used to be a clerk for Palmer & Clark. Do you remember a certain red 
apple which was given to me once ?' The young man replied that he did, and that he was very glad 
to know that circumstances had greatly changed ; and also that he had noticed with a great deal of 
interest what had been said of Mr. Goodyear, especially in regard to india-rubber pontoons, which 
he was then making for the French government. After a pleasant conversation, Mr. Goodyear 
asked the young man to step around to his hotel at 12 o'clock. The young man did so, and soon 
he was invited by Mr. Goodyear to drive with him to the Bois de Boulogne. The emperor, one 
other distinguished party, Mr. Goodyear, and the young clerk from the Springfield tailor-shop, 
were the only ones that drove that day up and down the avenue behind four horses. Gentlemen, 
the fact that Charles Goodyear carried to such great perfection his india-rubber invention in this 
town is glory enough for Springfield." 

638 The Munson Record. 

Joel 5, appears 15 Jan. 1753 as witness to an instrument. He was 
admitted freeman at New Haven 11 April 1757. In May 1765 
"Joel Munson Ju r . and Sarah his wife" quitclaimed their right 
"in two third parts of y e Dwelling house where our Hon'? father 
M r Samuel Dickerman Dec d Last Dwelt in si New Haven." 

He bought of his father 15 April 1770 six acres in Wallingford. 
In Dec. 1771 he received from his father and his mother Mary a 
quitclaim to their right in " the Real Estate of our Hon- father 
Joseph Morris and our mother M" Hester Morris." We quote the 
Proprietor's records : "May 14. 1771. Then laid out and survey" 
to Joel Munson Jun r on the Right of his Grandfather Cap 1 John 3 
Munson late of New Haven deceased One Acre and twenty Rods 
of Seventh Division Land between the first and Second tier of 
Lotts from Waterbury Line." Joel sold 4^ acres of 8th division 
land "on Mad Mans Hill" in June 1771 ; he sold 4}4 acres of 
Ninth Division 31 July 1772. 

The amount of Joel's estate after the discharge of all dues was 
^14.15.10. Doct er Walter Munson had a claim " for visiting and 
tending the Dec? in his last sickness Amounting to ^£8. 5. 6 . . a 
priviledged debt." Items from the Inventory are these : " 2 tramels 
7/ hand Irons 6/ warming pan 7/ 2 Wheels 10/ Tankard 3/ 3 books 
5/2 pillion 6/ piggen 8"! box Iron and heaters'2/6." 

Probate records dated 1773 give Joel the title of lieutenant 
(" Lnt "). Either Joel 1 ' or (quite likely) his father was enrolled 
among the members of the Congregational Church, North Haven, 


Mary 5 (Joel 4 ) b. 2 Jan. 173^; m. 17 Feb. 1756 Peter Mallery ; he 
d. between 16 June 1766 and 27 Feb. 1769. Res. Mount Carmel 
parish in New Haven, Ct. 

Children, rec. in New Haven : 

i. Luther 6 b. 25 Sept. 1756. 

ii. Daniel 6 /'. 25 June 1758. 

iii. Esther 6 b. 4 Aug. 1760. 

iv. Calvin 6 b. 13 Aug. 1762. 

An instrument dated 23 November 1762 describes Peter's place 
thus — " My homestead where I now Dwell Situate in . . Mount 
Carmell," bounded N. on Capt. Castle, W. on highway, S. on Joel 
Munson's, and E. upon the River. This Mallery place lay immedi- 
ately north of the eighty acre homestead which Joel 4 transferred 
to Baszel 5 and T. Goodyear in 1769. After the death of her hus- 
band, Marv received, 1773, from her father three acres bounded east 

Clan foe/': Job L. e 639 

on Mill River ; and 23 Jan. 1775 she quitclaimed her right in three 
acres which had formerly been conveyed by her husband to 
Baszel 6 . 


Sybil 8 (Joel') b. 25 Oct. 1743; m. 1 Aug. 1764 Charles son of 
Moses Cook,* b. 3 June 1742 ; he d. 1797. Res. New Haven, 
Waterbury, Watertown, Ct. 

Children, rec. in N. H.: 
i. James Munson 6 b. 11 June 1765. 
ii. Sarah 6 b. 22 Dec. 1766. 


Job L.° (BaszeP, Joel 4 ) b. 26 Sept. 1752 ; m.\ 26 Oct. 1775 Lucy 
(" Luse ") dau. of Ebenezer Beach of Hamden, b. 1758 ; 6 ch.; she 
d. 22 Sept. 1807, "five Clock in the morning" ; m. (2nd) 10 April, 
1808 or 9 Nancy Thompson of Farmington b. in F. 21 Jan. 1779 I 
no ch.; he d. 10 June 1828 ; she (m. again and) d. abt. 1S62. Milling 
and commercial ; res. Hamden (Par. of Mt. Carmel), Ct. 

Children : 

698. i. Ebenezer Beach 7 b. 14 Sept. 1777 in Stockbridge, Ms.; bp. Mt. C. 

Ch. 17S3. 

699. ii. Mehitable 1 6. 14 Dec. 1779 in New Haven (now Hamden) ; bp. Mt. 

C. Ch. 1783. 

700. iii. Bazel" b. 30 Dec. 1781 in N. H. (now Hamden) ; bp. Mt. C. Ch. 1783. 

701. iv. Sarah 1 b. 1 March 1785 in N. H. (now Hamden); bp. Mt. C. Ch. 1 

May 1785. 

702. v. Lucy 1 b. 19 Oct. 1787 in Hamden. 

703. vi. Job Lucianus 1 b. 25 (or 23) Nov. 1789 in Hamden ; bp. 10 Jan. 1790. 

Job Lucianus" 29 Nov. 1783 paid /^ /# 

his father ^100 for twenty-four <^*^<, ^^./^y 

acres with a dwelling-house and ^f 

barn in Mount Carmel, bounded " 

* Killed by an Indian. Moses Paul, a Mohegan, being at the house of one Clark, in Bethany, 
Ct., 7 Sept. 1771, very drunk and quarrelsome, threw a flatiron at Clark, which missed him but 
struck Moses Cook, fracturing his skull. Mr. Cook died five days later, and Haul was executed at 
New Haven 2 Sept. 1772. At the time of execution, by request of the doomed man, a funeral ser- 
mon was preached to himself and the assemblage of Indians and English, by the famous Mohegan 
preacher, Samson Ockum, author of the hymn — 

" Awaked by Sinai's awful sound." 
The sermon was printed, and circulated among the Indians. It was reprinted in England in con- 
nection with a treatise on the Mohegan grammar by the second Jonathan Edwards. 

It is worthy of notice that Charles Cook's sister Hannah b. 11 Jan. 1755, m. 11 Feb. 1779 Titus 
son of Abigail the widow of Caleb* Munson and her second husband Isaac Bronson,<5. 5 Oct. 1751. 

+ Hamden Town Rec, Oct. 2, 1775. 

640 The Munson Record. 

E. and W. on highways, N. on J. Mansfield's heirs, and S. on his 
father's land. This appears to be the tract on which he erected 
the old red tavern. This house — burned in Dec. 1890 — stood on 
the west side of the road 25 rods north of the Mount Carmel 
burial-ground. He had previously lived in a house south of the 
one which he built, (about halfway to the burial-ground,) and 
there some of his children were born. As early as 1780, Oliver 
Lewis of Southington, made a memorandum concerning the day 
after his graduation at Yale : " I arose as soon as Sol, and fetched 
up my horse and rode homeward. Mr. Laud and Nott and 
Williams rode with me. We breakfasted at Munson's tavern, Mt. 
Carmel. Laud and Williams parted from Nott and me at 
Cheshire." Asahel Dickerman writes that his grandfather was a 
tavern-keeper during forty years. 

Job L. G 12 Oct. 1779 purchased of J. Bradley, Sen r , one-half of a 
sawmill in Mount Carmel. He was owning one-half of a sawmill 
standing on land rented of Amasa Bradley in Feb. 1812. In Janu- 
ary 1793 Hannah and Joseph Mansfield leased Job "the privilege 
of erecting a Dam on the Mill Brook near their South line of a lot 
near s d Munsons corn and saw mill." In 1S08 his gristmill was 
said to be located on his farm. In Feb. 1812 he conveyed to 
Prescott and Sherman of New Haven one-half of twenty acres 
bounded W. and N. by highways ; also one-half of a dwelling- 
house and gristmill and barn standing thereon. Mrs. Bazel Mun- 
son informs the author that Job L.'s flouring mill was about a mile 
west of the old red tavern, — that he used to grind a good deal, 
kiln-dry and send the goods off by sea. Mrs. P. J. Burnham says 
her grandfather was a large dealer in grain, and that he sent ships 
off with what he ground in his mills. Job L. B remembers that his 
grandfather's mill was on a brook which ran easterly into Mill 
River about two miles above The Corners ; after the Canal was 
built it emptied into that. The mill was " three-quarters of a mile 
across lots " from the house. Corn was kiln-dried and ground, 
says Bazel, and the product put into hogsheads and sent to the 
West Indies. Custom-work was also done. J. L. 8 says his father 
and uncle used to carry meal around to customers two or three 
times a week. He adds that the mill passed from the hands of his 
father, Bazel 7 , into the hands of Uncle Shanus, the last Munson 
who owned it. According to public records, "one-half of the mill 
millhouse and land adjoining" was conveyed to Bazel' Munson, B. 
Ives and H. Bradlev ; while April 2, 1829 the administrator on the 
estate of Job L. 8 conveyed to Job L.' 20 acres with a sawmill, 
gristmill, dwelling-house and barn on the same. 

Clan Joel 1 : Job L.' 641 

The real-estate left by Job L." was valued 17 March 1829 at 
$4016.91*. The inventory included 3^ acres of land below the 
Burying-ground, 4 acres east of the Canal, 33 acres west of the 
Canal, igfs acres east of the Turnpike, 9^ acres west of the 
Turnpike, }£ of millhouse and land adjoining, and one hundred 
acres in Reeds Borough, Vt. There was due his estate from the 
Farmington Canal Co.: Account $10 ; building a farm-bridge $80 ; 
land-damage and fence $118.86. By his father's Will he had 
received ^90 in real estate, besides " ten acres at the North west 
corner of my homestead land, . . to extend south so far as to 
inclose the Northermost Spring." 

Job L." was chosen highway surveyor in 1789. He was chosen 
a constable of New Haven in 1779, and '81. We quote a New 
Haven town-record : "Feb. 12 1781 Voted that Samuel Bellamv 
be released from being Coll= of the Tax to be Collected in flour 
and Job Munson Chosen in his room." Job was made a lister in 
1782, '83, '97, '98, '99, and 1800. 

His ear-mark recorded 29 Dec. 1788 was — " a nick the under side 
the Right Ear." 

In the day-book of Major Wm. Munson, you may read : 

" 1789 Oct. 5 Job Munson Dr. To Cash 3 dollars 18 s 

1790 Jan. " " " " 6 s " 

In Job's own account-book f there are charges against Joseph 5 
Munson, " Collectman," — in 1783, for " ri flower," eleven entries, 
"ri brand," four entries, " weat flower," two entries. Some other 
entries are 

" Beach Munson Dr. 

Aprl 27 1805 

to Cash to bye a Cow 30 dollars 9.0.0 

Sept. 1805 

to 1 peack of ousters 1 . o 

March 17 1806 

to Cash 3 dollars to go Claming 18.0" 

"to Cash pade to Mehetabel Munson 

S dolls 2.8.0 " 

" Isaac Munson Dr 

to Cart & oxen & Shanus to Sothinton 7 . 6 " 

It is reported that Lucianus was a somnambulist. One cold 
winter night he retired early, intending to drive next day to New- 
Haven with a load of grain. At length he conceived that it was 
morning and time to prepare for his journey. He dressed, went to 

* Personal $409.58 ; claims against the est. $2336.82. 
t Loaned to the author by Bazel 8 . 

642 The Munson Record. 

a field a mile away for his oxen — passing over a narrow foot-bridge 
which spanned Mill River, drove the cattle to the stable, and 
brought out the cart. While passing the bolt through the tongue, it 
fell with such a loud sound as to awaken him, and it was still night. 

"This may Certify, that in the year 1798, I sold to Mr Job L. 
Munson of Hamden, a Neggro woman named Susanna, a slave for 
life, that at the time I sold her, she had two Children, one a 
daughter, the other a son named Richard, who was an Infant, under 
one year of Age, as witness my hand. 

New Haven Elias Shipman 

June 2 d 1819 " 

Mrs. Allen states that her grandfather sold Susanna (whom she 
names Roxanna) to some one in Derby. The daughter, she says, 
became free by operation of law at the age of eighteen or twenty ; 
"Aunt Flora" died about 1880, aged 84. Richard became dissi- 
pated, went off, and enlisted in the standing army ; " he was bar- 
racked at Pittsfield." 

According to Bazel 8 , our worthy was accustomed to extract teeth 
for people. He might hear, while up at the mill — % of a mile 
across-lots — that somebody was at the house who wished to have 
a tooth pulled : he would leave his work and three or four men 
who must be unprofitable in his absence, proceed to his home and 
attend to the surgical case. I never knew him to take a cent. 

" Old Uncle Job was a prominent man in Hamden," remarked 
Judge Cornwall. Bazel 8 describes his grandfather as having blue 
eyes, a rather ruddy complexion, dark-brown hair, and a very 
prominent nose ; as also, a very pursy man with long body and 
shortish legs. He was a member of the Episcopal Church in 
Hamden. His wife Lucy is recorded as a member of the Congre- 
gational Church in 1800 and 1806 ; and his wife Nancy was received 
into that church July 1809 by letter from the First Church in 
Farmington. It is related that a Bible which Job L. presented to 
the Mt. Carmel Church was soon after stolen, and that fifty years 
later his son Bazel 7 while pitching hay from a mow, struck the 
book with his fork. 


Titus" (Baszel 6 , Joel 4 ) b. 31 Jan. 1755; m. (by Rev. S. Hall, 
Cheshire : ^0.9.0) 12 June 1777 Mary dan. of Joel Bradley ; 3 ch.; 
she d. 25 March 1797, a. 36 ; m. (2nd) 26 Jan. 1800 Ruth Lyon 
(wid. of Admer Seeley) b. 30 May 1777 in Easton, Ct.; 3 ch.; he 
J. 15 Oct. 1809. Farmer ; res. Hamden, Weston, Ct., Boyle, 
Ontario Co., N. Y. 

Clan Joel\- Titus'. 643 

Children : 
i. Abigail 1 b. April 17S2 in H.; d. 18 April 1800 in her 18th year. 

704. ii. Mary' b. 24 June 17S5 in H. 

705. iii. Edna 1 b. 18 Jan. 178S in H. 

iv. Abigail' b. 3 June 1803 in Easton ; m. Ira Griswold of Deerfield ; 

she d. 22 March 1848. 
v. Achsah 1 b. 14 Dec. 1804 in E.; m. Isaac Ingham of Deerfield ; she 

d. 4 May 1831. 

706. vi. Eliza' (name in father's Will, Elizabeth) b. 14 Jan. 1809 in Pitts- 

ford, N. Y. 

Titus" was residing in Hamden* 6 Jan. 1804, in Weston 22 Feb. 
1805 and 8 July 1806, and in Boyle 7 Sept. 1809. 

We quote Job L.'s account-book : 

"Titus Munson Dr Aug. 1791 

to waging & Hors to town 4 . o 

to Hors to town 1 . 6 

to oxen one day to plow 3 . 6 

to oxen one day to go to the Mil 3 . o 

to 1 bushel of weat 5 . 6 

to 14 common flower 1 . 9 

In 1790 Titus" bought of J. Perry three pieces of land aggregating 
fourteen acres ; one piece was bounded west on Mill River and 
North on Baszel 5 . In 1791 Mary wife of Titus paid BaszeP^i for 
one and one-half acres bounded east by Mill River. In 1793 Titus" 
bought of Zealous Blakeslee two acres bounded west on Mill 
River and north and east on Baszel"; price, j£i&. In 1793 Titus' 
sold Lois Crosby five acres for ^50. In 1800 he sold Job L." five 
acres for $120. In 1804 he sold the other heirs of Baszel Munson 
Esq. r his interest in the estate of his grandmother Esther Stiles. 
In 1805, being of Weston, he conveyed two tracts to " my brother 
Isaac of Hamden " ; price, ,£45 ; and he sold him three acres more 
in 1806. 

It is recorded at Weston that Nathan Summers of that town in 
January 1802 sold Titus Munson 67 acres and nine acres ; and it is 
recorded at both Weston and Canandaigua, N. Y., that Zach h Lyon 
and wife of Weston 8 July 1806 conveyed to Titus" No. 59, 240 
acres, and No. 51, 154 acres, in Township No. 12 in 4 tu range of 
Townships, Co. of Ontario, N. Y.; consideration, $1376 ; the same 
day Z. Lyon and wife for $320 transferred to Ruth Munson 80 

* He built a house south of his father's at the corner of the road running west towards Beth- 
any : it is still standing. 

644 The Munson Record. 

acres in the 4th range in Ontario. Titus" and his wife Ruth of 
Boyle and Isaac" of Boyle 7 Sept. 1809 made a sale of property in 

R. B. Lacey writes: " My grandfather Titus' Munson built a 
house on the west side of the street (on rather high ground) near 
the Kimberly Store in Mount Carmel." In Dec. 1788 he was elected 
a surveyor of highways in Hamden. His ear-mark recorded in 1789 
was "a Slanting Slit the upper Side the right ear and a half penny 
the under side the Same." His Will made 27 Sept. 1809 mentions 
his wife Ruth and his daughters Mary' Lacy, Edney 7 , Abigail', 
Axhsah 7 and Elizebeth 7 . 

In view of the fact that the grave of Titus " in the Perrington 
B. Ground in Pittsford N. Y.", is unmarked and probably could 
not be identified (since the death of his youngest daughter), a stone 
was erected to his memory by Deacon Lacey in 1893, at the graves 
of Titus' first wife and his eldest daughter, in the Mt. Carmel 

Ezra (Baszel 5 , Joel 4 ) b. 15 May 1757 ; m. 1 March 1784 Mabel Gil- 
bert ; he d. in Hamden before 9 Sept. 1800. Whig; Cong.; res. 
Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Lydia', m. before 1 July 1805 Leonard Curtice ; Cong.; res. Egre- 
mont, Gt. Barrington, Ms., N. Y. S., where she d. abt., say, 
1843 ; 7 ch. — (1) Harriet 8 , m. Daniel Williams, (2) Julia 8 , m. Elijah 

N. Hubbard, (3) Louise*, m. Jason Royce, (4) Leonard 8 , m. 

Peck, (5) Henry 8 , (6) Porter 8 , d. y., (7) Ezra 8 . 

ii. Harriet', d. y. 

707. iii. Austin' b. 1791 in Hamden. 

iv. Chauncey', unm.; received ,£42.19.11 from his grandfather Baszel's 
estate ; while a young man went South and died there. 

708. v. Justus Gilbert' b. 7 March 1795 ; bp, at Mt. Carmel church by Rev. 

John Foot 5 April 1795. 
vi. Kezia 1 bp. 22 April 1798 at Mt. Carmel Ch.; m. Jared Seeley of Gt. 
Barrington, Ms.; she d. 1829; 2 ch. — Harriet 8 and Jared 8 , both 
unm. and dec. Kezia' received from her grandfather's estate one- 
half of the dwelling house and acre of land opposite his home, 
and % of an acre "in the Strait poles So Called"; while "of 
Meriden" 13 Jan. 1820 she sold the former to Eli Hull, and May 
24, sold the latter to Z. Allen. 

Major William Munson's account-book furnishes the following : 
Ezra Munson Dr. 

« d 

1784 Sept. 23 To 2 lb Loaf Sugar 3: 9 

" " " To 1 paper pins 10 

Clan Joel*: Ezra''. 645 


1784 Sept. 29 To 1 Punch Bowl 10 


" " i Milk pot 6 

" " 1 half gill Tumbler 8 

Oct. 26 To 1 file V 8 

" " To 1 lb. Loaf Sugar 1 / 6 

Nov. 3 To 1 Razor 2 /e 

1785 Jan. 17 To 1 file 2 6 

Contra Cr. 1784 Aug. 4 

Cr. By a balance Due him from the State of Conn, towards 

3 months pay £3'-&'-° 

Lucianus' book has under August 1, 1787 
Ezra Munson Dr. 
to Cash 0.7. o 

to 8 lb. of comon flower 0.1. 4 

to 8% lb. of ri flower 0.0. 11 

to 2 days work Moin 0.7. o 

to 4 dayes work Cartting 0.10.0 

The wife of Ezra was received to full communion by the Mt. 
Carmel Church (Cong.) 25 Jan. 1795, and their children Lydia 7 , 
Harriet', Austin 7 , and Chauncey 7 , were baptized by James Dana, 

The Will of BaszeP bequeaths " my five Grandchildren, chil- 
dren of my son Ezra Decf, the dwelling house and one acre of land 
adjoining said house, opposite the highway from my dwelling 
house . . and One hundred and twenty pounds more out of 
my Estate ; the two oldest shall have two pounds each to the two 
younger one pound each." 

Ezra was chosen a " Key keeper" in Dec. 1783 and a "packer" 
in Dec. 1797. 

He excelled in courage as well / ^p ., 

as strength and alertness. He < ~jj/'2 /C -CC i/ y soc* : '%f'&~ rL 
was fond of athletic sports, par- " " 

ticularly that of wrestling, and when in the Army did not find his 
equal in a single contest. His grandson John C* furnishes this 
anecdote : " A desperate man shut himself in an upper room, and 
being armed with a savage knife in each hand, could not be taken 
or dislodged without endangering the lives of such as should make 
the attempt. Finally my grandfather was sent for. He opened 
the door, and as the desperado rushed at him with his knives, 
grandfather caught him by his wrists, brought him to the floor, 

646 The Munson Record. 

and having disarmed him without harm to himself, delivered him 
to the authorities." 

Ezra 6 performed much service in the Army of the Revolution. 
He enlisted May 24, 1776 in Captain Parmalee's company, (Win. 
Munson was 1st Lieut.,) Col. Elmore's regiment. According to 
Conn, in the Rev. } this regiment took the field in July, '76 under 
Schuyler, and on Aug. 25 marched from Albany into Tryon 
County. During the remainder of its term, it was posted at Ft. 
Stanwix and vicinity. It broke up at that point in the Spring of 
'77. Ezra enlisted again Jan. 1, 1777 in Capt. VVm. Munson's 
company, Col. Moses Hazen's regiment (1 777— '83), and served to 
the end of the War. This regiment performed duty generally in 
Washington's main army, and was engaged at Brandywine, Ger- 
mantown, Monmouth, and at the siege and surrender of Yorktown. 

Isaac S. 6 (Baszel 5 , Joel 4 ) b. 13 Sept. 1761 ; ;//. Eleanor whose 
mother was Sarah Andrews of Redding. Res. Boyle, Ont. Co., 
N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Isaac 7 , m. Lorinda Phelps; res. Mendon, N. Y.; a son, Nelson 8 . 
" Isaac Munson jun. of Boyle" 15 Jan. 1813 paid Barker and 
wife $500 for land, 
ii. Mary 7 b. in Pittsford ; m. Lyman Barker; res. Pittsford, N. Y.; 8 
ch. — David 8 , Jane 8 (m. Patterson), Henry 6 , Mary Ann 8 , Isaac 8 , 
Helen 8 , Maria 8 , Augustus 8 . 

He was in Ridgefield 30 March T792, in Hamden 22 Feb. 1805, 
and in Boyle 7 Sept. 1809. By his father's Will he acquired title 
to the homestead and the other lands whose use was secured to 
the widow Mary for life ; the property was to be in his hands and 
managed by him, for a satisfactory rent, so long as the widow 
should be pleased with the arrangement. In Feb. 1805 he pur- 
chased five acres of his brother Titus. He was witness to the Will 
of Titus 27 of Sept. 1809. He gave a quitclaim in June 1813. 


Kezia" (Baszel 6 , Joel 4 ) b. 1 March 1763 ; m. 4 Dec. 1780 Jotham 
son of Nathaniel Tuttle, b. 14 May 1752 ; she d. 2 Aug. 1799 ; he 
d. n May 1817. Res. (" Turtle's Farm") Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Eli 7 b. 28 Dec. 1781 ; m. Thankful A. Perkins. 

ii. Asa 7 , m. 25 Nov. 1806 Laura Tuttle b. 14 Nov. 1785 ; he d. 28 Dec. 
1849; she d, 1870, — both bur. in Cheshire ; 7 ch. — Beri 9 , Keziah 8 
Eliza 8 , Laura 8 , Selden A. 8 , Mary s , Franklin 8 . 

Clan Joel': Samuel D* 647 

iii. Mary' />. 30 March 17S6 ; ;«. 14 Jan. 1813 John Edward Jones b. in 
Madison 17S9, gr.-gr.-grandson of Dep. Gov. Wm. Jones and 
gr.-gr.-gr. -grandson of Gov. Theoph. Eaton, a shoemaker ; she J. 
2SFeb. 1819; res. Southington, Ct. ; 3 ch. — Clarissa C. 8 , Elizabeth 
T. 8 , Mary E. 8 

iv. Esther b. 26 Feb. 1789 ; m. Caleb Dudley. 

v. Jotham Manning 1 , m. Locky Benham of Salem, Ct.; res. Walworth, 
N. Y.; 6 ch. — Elizabeth A. s , Emeline 8 , Elizabeth A. 8 , Isaac J. 8 , 
Mary 8 , Loyal Delos 8 . 
(Tuttle Fam. corr'd and Hist, of South.) 

Keziah''s children received from their grandfather's estate ,£120. 


Samuel D. s (Joel 6 , Joel 1 ) b. 29 Jan. 1763 ; m. 21 May 1790 Eliza- 
beth dau. of Simon Lombard of Truro ; he d. 25 March 1814 ; she 
d. 29 March 1814. Tanner and shoemaker; Whig; Cong.; res. 
Truro (Cape Cod), Ms., New Sharon, Me. 

Children : 
i. Elizabeth 1 b. iS Aug. 1795 in Truro; unm.; 70 yrs. a Cong. Ch. 
member in 1885 ; res. New Sharon, Me. " Miss Munson is totally 
blind," wrote her friend Mrs. Higgins, " and dependent upon 
the charities of friends, having lost, fraudulently, money that she 
hoped would sustain her through life. She retains her mental 
faculties wonderfully. She is childish in her joy at finding she 
has living relatives." 

709. ii. Sarah D.' *. 13 Oct. 1797 at T. 

iii. Joel' b. 17 June 1S00 at T.; unm.; d. 29 Jan. 1848; lumbering; 
Whig ; res. Aroostook Co., Me. 

710. iv. Samuel 1 b. 23 March 1804 in New Sharon. 

We quote the account-book of Job Lucianus 6 : 

"October In the 1780 

Samuel Munson dr for 

Hors Trvel o. 2. o 

to 28 Conental Munney o. 2. 4 

to Steates Munneay 0.10. o 
to Hard Money 11. 10 

to Moneny o. 3. o 

to Hors travel 9 miles o. 0.10 

to i buhel of Corn o. 4. o 

to waging to town o. 1. 6 

to a /, pint of rum o. o. 5 

to »/, pint of rum o. o. 5 

to a / a pint of rum o. o. 5" 

648 The Munson Record. 

Samuel D." removed from New Haven or Hamden to Truro, 
where he was, app'y, 1790; he removed in 1804 to New Sharon. 
He and his wife " died of what was called the cold fever, and were 
buried in one grave." 

It is recorded at Hamden that "Samuel Munson of New Sharon 
Co Kennebeck and Province of Main in the State of Massachu- 
setts " quitclaimed to Leveret Tuttle for $60 his right in 14 acres 
at Hamden ; date, 31 July 181 3. 


Mary 6 (Joel 5 , Joel 1 ) b. 30 Sept. 1766 ; m. 25 Dec. 1788 Henry son 
of Zebulon Mead of Rutland, b. in 1761 at Nine Partners, N. Y., 
a farmer, Rep. and Capt.; he d. 5 June 1839 ; she d. 10 Dec. 1859. 
Cong.; res. Rutland, Vt. 

Children,* b. in R. : 

i. Zebulon 7 b. 7 Oct. 1791 ; m. Elizabeth dau. of Robert Loveland of 
Pittsford, Vt.; he d. 12 April 1866; farmer; Dera.; res. Rutland. 

ii. Mary 1 b. 26 July 1793 ; m. William son of Wm. Spencer of Pittsford ; 
she d. 1867 ; Rep.; Cong. 

iii. Henry C. 1 b. iS Sept. 1795 ; m. Mary dau. of Dr. Lee of Windham, 
Ct.; he d. 1876; Rep.; Cong.; res. Granville, O. 

iv. Joel Munson 7 b. 26 Sept. 179S ; m. 23 Feb. 1S27 Mary Irene dau. of 
Isaac Wheaton of Pittsford, Vt. ; he d. 2 July 1SS0 ; she d. 20 Sept. 
18SS ; farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Rutland, Vt. He was a mem- 
ber of the Legislature. 

v. Sarah D.' b. 16 Oct. 1S03 ; m. 4 April 1S23 Alonzo son of Benj. N. 
Dyer of Rutland, a farmer and Rep.; she d. 6 June 1885 ; Meth.; 
res. Brandon, Vt.; has a dau.f Mrs. Jane 8 Dyer Thatcher, res. 
Del Norte, Colorado, whose dau. is the wife of H. W. Kittredge, 
principal of the High-School in Westfield, Ms. 

vi. Horatio' b. 17 Feb. 1806 ; m. 12 Nov. 1834 Caroline dau. of Stephen 
Fenn of Rutland ; she d. June 1890 ; he d. Aug. 1890 ; farmer ; 
Rep.; Cong.; res. Rutland (P. O., Proctor), Vt. 
vii. Elam 7 b. 5 April 1S09 ; m. Emeline dau. of Wm. Boland of Castle- 
ton, Vt.; farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Malcome, O. He serves in 
the office of deacon. 

Mary's father died when she was about seven years old. She 
was admitted to membership in the Congregational church at 
Mount Carmel 6 April 1783. Her strength of character was very 
remarkable. For an illustration of it we are indebted to Mrs. 
Thacher : 

* During one week of 1802, Mary lost three children ; Sally rr. 13 on Thursday, Horatia a. 3 
on Friday, and Elam ez. zh on Saturday. 

t Another is Mrs. Gilbert Douglass, res. Southern California. 

Clan Joel': Jesse". 649 

When she was about ten years of age, she had a stepfather who 
was a Tory. At family worship he was accustomed to offer prayers 
for the King, which so incensed my grandmother that she told him 
one morning if he repeated that petition, she would report him to 
the authorities of the city. The prayer was not heard again. She 
could remember the landing of Lafayette with his soldiers and has 
often described for us their march through New Haven. 

She had a strong, clear and cultivated mind. She was a keen 
observer of nature, and has been known to set her clock by the 
constellations at night as readily as she would by the noon-mark 
in the daytime. She was so well-informed in politics that she 
could converse intelligently upon the different political parties 
which were active during the several presidential campaigns down 
to 1852. Her first salutation to her gentleman friends often was 
— What are the doings in the Legislature, or in Congress ? 

In her religious life she was an example for all ; she used to say 
that she was ever ready to do her Master's bidding. Both she and 
her husband in early life professed loyalty to the Lord, and they 
were strict in observing the requirements of such a relation.* 


Jesse 6 (Joel', Joel 4 ) b. 30 May 1771 ; m. Amelia dau. of Jonathan 
Dickerman, b. 13 Ma)- 1779 (sister of Rebecca, wife of E. Beach 
Munson) ; he d. in 1803, between 22 July and 17 Oct. Res. Ham- 
den, Ct. 

* The following anecdotes, furnished by Mrs. Thatcher, were received too late for insertion 
in their proper place. 

As to her belief in special providences : She was sixteen years of age when her mother passed 
away, and she felt that she had little kindness to expect from her stepfather. The night after the 
burial, she was thinking — as she used to express it — of what would become of her, when she saw in a 
vision a young man, tall and of commanding presence, enter the room, and she arose to kneel 
to him. But a voice said, "Don't kneel to me, Mary, and don't worry, for I will take care of you." 
About four years after this, she left New Haven with her maternal aunt, Mrs. Deacon Wait 
Chatterton, for Rutland, Vt. , where she met and at once recognized the young man seen in her vision ; 
and she enjoyed with him over fifty years of admirable married life. 

As to her executive ability: My grandfather had been summoned to Rutland as one of the 
grand-jury in a very important case. But as some of his clothing did not seem presentable, he 
thought that he should be obliged to decline. Grandmother, nothing daunted, called one of her 
sons, and directed him to shear a handful of black wool from the back of a sheep ; this she mixed 
with white wool, already in the house. She bade her maid, Rebecca Johnson, to bring out her 
wheel, and spin the rolls as they fell from grandmother's cards. The result was that grandfather 
donned his new trowsers and started for town in just thirty-six hours after the summons. The 
carding, spinning, weaving, cutting and making were all done by grandmother and her maid within 
that time, neither of them having stopped her work for food or sleep. 

As to hospitality : Owing to the cold summer of 1816, the crops did not ripen, and many other- 
wise well-to-do persons suffered from want of bread. Though my grandfather had plenty, he 
refused to sell. He desired grandmother to keep bread constantly in readiness to give everyone 
who asked ; and most religiously did she fulfil the requirements. Their grain lasted until the next 
harvest, which was one of unusual abundance. A hillside sloping to the south is often pointed out 
:is the spot where Capt. Mead cut the first clusters of ripening grain to supply his own household. 

650 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Joel 1 />. abt. 1800; unm.; d. 31 July 1852, a. 52 ; he was admitted 
freeman at Hamden 1822, in 1826 and 1827 was in Rutland, Vt., 
was in Hamden from 1828, was in New Orleans about 1S36, and 
returned to Hamden where he was in 1S42. Chauncey Allen says 
that "Joel used to teach school — when he was quite an old 
bachelor"; that he went to Vermont, was associated in business 
with others, lost property, got sick of the undertaking, and in 
settling took a lot of old horses ; that he afterwards went to New 
Orleans,— I remember that he had vinegar sent to him. He is 
said to have had " some money," would lend it to any who asked, 
would sometimes make a minute of it, would sometimes not, and 
would sometimes fail to recover what was loaned. 

In Dec. 1824 he sold J. Bassett 6^ A. in Hamden for $275. 
In Jan. 1827 he bought of Zebulon Mead property in Rutland 
amounting to $1330. He was admitted to the Cong, church in 
West Rutland 1S26, to the Mt. Carmel church in Aug. 1828, 
app'y, dismissed to the church in New Orleans Nov. 1836, and 
was among the members of the Mt. Carmel church in 1S42. The 
pastor, Joel Munson and three others, 8 Dec. 1S43, were appointed 
a committee "to visit those who had long absented themselves 
from the communion and ordinances of the church." 

Joel was drowned while clamming off west of Savin Rock. 
When he attempted to return, the tide had risen so high that in 
passing from bar to bar he lost his life. His estate inventoried 
$374 ; the claims against it amounted to $227.75, — the latter cov- 
ered "funeral expenses including expenses of recovering body." 
Mrs. E. Dickerman states that Joel was tall and had light eyes ; 
that he was rather listless, and did not confine himself to any- 
thing ; that he was very peculiar, an odd genius ; that he had a 
good memory and was a great reader. Lewis Warner relates that 
when he was a boy, Joel called on his father to sell him a piece 
of land. He was much impressed with the short, quick, snappy 
manner in which the caller replied to a question — " Not knowing, 
couldn't say." 

ii. John Linch' b. abt. 1801 ; d. 27 Sept. 1813, .r. 12. 

iii. Jesse 7 . 

Jesse 6 lived a little north of Kimberley's Store. Widow Amelia 
joined the Congregational Church in Mount Carmel at the same 
time with her sister Rebecca, 1 Nov. 1807 ; the same day her three 
children Joel, John Linch, and Jesse were baptized. 

Jesse 6 sold Titus Street three acres for ^83 Sept. 21, 1799 ; and 
five days later he paid Chauncey Dickerman ^150 for ij^ acres 
bounded N. on Baszel Munson, east by the Mill Pond, and 2 acres 
bounded N. and W. by Titus Munson's land. H. Mead of Rut- 
land, Vt., conveyed to him some real-estate in Hamden 22 July 
1803. Jesse was chosen a tythingman in Dec. 1S01. 

Clan Joel\- Ebcnezer B. 1 651 

Administration on his estate was granted to Amelia, and Eben'. 
B. Munson ; bond, $3000. His property was valued at ^238. 12. 
11. The inventory included Shop 22/ Square & compasses 4/ 
S planes 2/ 7 Augers 13/n 2 shaving knives & chisel l /(, chisel & 
gudgeons yi 50 spokes for wheels 4/ Dwelling house ,£50 Barn 
£6. 18 1% acres on which the house stands ,£63 sea chest /g 2 p r . 
breeches 8/9 3 p- pantaloons* 12/7 p- trousersf 18/6 p'- silk stock- 
ings 9/ old great Bible 5/ 2 Wats Psalms 1/6 Perry's Dictionarv 
2/, etc. 


Ebenezer B. 7 (Job L.", BaszeP, Joel') b. 14 Sept. 1777 ; ///. 6 Feb. 
1799 Rebekah dau. of Jonathan Dickerman of Hamden, b. 21 
Feb. 1781 ; he d. 17 Oct. 1834; she d. 22 Aug. 1858. Farmer; res. 
Hamden, Ct., Wilmington, Vt., Broadalbin, N. Y. 

Children : 

711. i. Jerry 8 b. 18 April 1S00 in Hamden. 

ii. Caroline 8 b. 4 March 1804 in H.; m. Sebastian Duncan, a manu- 
facturer of shawls; she d. 9 Jan. 1834; res. Belleville, N. J.; 
1 ch. — Henry 9 , dec. 

iii. Miriam Dickerman 8 b. 6 April 1S06 in H.; unm.; d. at Broadalbin 
9 Aug. 1878. 

iv. Stiles 8 b. 2S June 1S09 in Readsborough ; m.; 1 ch.; d. 17 Oct. 1837. 

712. v. Asahel 8 b. 14 Aug. 1812 in Wilmington. 

vi. Ebenezer Beach 8 b. 4 Feb. 1815 in W.; m. 12 Sept. 1846 Mary Van- 
denburgh ; 2 ch. d. y.; he d. 8 March 1889; farmer, wagon- 
maker, banker, postmaster, — "don't know what not", — said to 
have been "very wealthy"; res. Mayfield, N. Y. The post-vil- 
lage of Munsonville in Mayfield, Fulton Co., is named after him. 

713. vii. John 8 b. 16 Feb. 1820 in W. 

viii. Jefferson 8 b. iS April 1823 in Broadalbin ; m.; 3 ch. ; res. Texas. 

Ebenezer B. 7 was "made free of the Corporation of the Town 
of Hamden " 9 April 1800. He was dwelling in Hamden 10 
March 1808 and was of Reads Borough, Vt., Nov. 10 following ; 
in 181 2 and 1823 he was residing in Wilmington, Vt.; and he was 
subsequently of Broadalbin, where he died. 

In the distribution of certain real-estate which had belonged to 
his grandfather Ebenezer Beach, he received 5^ acres of the 
home-lot and 16 acres on the Blue Hills. He received from his 
father's estate, say, 1829, 1 acre 72 rods of the homestead, and 
one-sixth of the land in Readsborough. His home in Hamden 
was "about North of Kimberley's store." In 1808 he sold his 

* This term, according to Mrs. Grace Wheeler, was never applied to short clothes. 
t These garments, says Mrs. W., were very much larger and looser than pantaloons 
none now in use. 

652 The Munson Record. 

land on the Blue Hills to J. Hough for $200 ; and in 1809 he and 
Bazel both of Readsborough, Vt., sold E. Barnes &% acres in 
Hamden with a dwelling house, — price, $765. 

Beach's occupation, according to Mrs. L. Allen, was not very 
regular and settled : he speculated around here and there some, 
she says. His wife was admitted to the Cong. Church at Mt. 
Carmel 1 Nov. 1807, and the same day her children Jeremiah, 
Caroline and Miriam D. were baptized. She was subsequently 
recommended to a church in Vermont. 


Mehetabel 7 (Job L. 8 , Baszel 5 , Joel*) b. 14 Dec. 1779; m. (by- 
Rev. S. Hall of Cheshire) 18 May 1806 Samuel B. Kingsley, a 
farmer and unc. shoemaker ; she d. ce. 83. Res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Augustus 8 , m. Louisa Curtis; dec; merchant; res. Albany, N. Y. 
ii. Esther 8 , m. Emery Osborn ; both dec; res. West Hartland, Ct. 
Two ch. d. y. 

Mehetabel 7 had \~iY\ acres from the estate of her grandfather 
Beach ; in 1832 she paid her brother $18 for \\ acres, his portion 
of his father's estate ; and in 1862 she received from the paternal 
estate 4-J acres 31 rods in river meadow, bounded N. on land set to 
Lucy Dickerman, E. on Cheshire Turnpike, and S. and W. on 
Mill River. 


Bazel' (Job L.°, Baszel 6 , Joel') b. 30 Dec. 1781 ; m. 12 April 1804 
Huldah dau. of Zenas Brace (and niece of Rev. Joab Brace) ; she 
d. 24 Jan. 1849, ce. 63 ; he d. 7 Jan. 1854 (bur. in old B. G., X. H.). 
Miller, farmer; res. Wilmington, Vt. (e. g., 1817), Hamden, Ct. 
(e.g., 1829), New Haven, Ct. (adm. elector 1836). 

Children : 

i. Louisa s />. 13 May 1S05 in Hamden ; bp. at Mt. Carmel Ch.'2g Nov. 
1807 ; m. 20 Sept. 1S3S Lewis Ailing, a farmer ; he d. 4 Sept. 1877 ; 
she d. 23 July 1890 ; res. New Haven ; I ch. — Charles Lewis 9 b. 
12 Sept. 1S45, member 27th Conn. Regt., d. at Falmouth, Va. 22 
March 1863. 

ii. Emeline 8 b. 17 July 1S09 ; m. (by Dr. L. Bacon) 15 May 1831 
Paul Carrington of Wotfdbridge, Ct., a carriage-maker; she d. 
8 March 1S75 i h e is dec; res. New Haven ; 3 ch. — (1) Emmah 5 , 
m. Bennett Bristol of Naugatuck, a physician, practising in The 
West, but she d. in abt. a yr., (2) Dau., d. at 6 m., (3) Rexford*, a 
physician practising in Colchester, Ct. Emeline 8 became a mem- 
ber of the First Ch., New Haven 5 Oct. 182S. Paul Carrington 

Clan Joel 1 : Sarah 1 . 653 

sold Bazel 1 Munson of New Haven 17 Jan. 1834 "an Waggon 

Shop standing in Westville"; price $150. 
iii. Zenas William 8 b. 10 Aug. 1S11 ; d. 14 Oct. 1822. 
714. iv. Job Lucianus 8 b. 12 Oct. 1814. 

v. Mary E. s b. 18 July 1817 ; m. 21 Nov. 1S42 Jesse L. Page of New 

Haven, a carpenter ; 1 ch. — Wilbur Fisk 9 (m. in Middletown). 
vi. Julia Abi 9 b. 9 April 1821 ; m. 24 June 1843 George W. Wooding, 

a Meth. minister ; he d. 13 Jan. 1892, a. 72 ; she d. 15 May 1892 ; 

res. Picolata, Fla. ; 1 ch. — Mary Lizzie', m. William Frisbie, res. 

New Haven. G. W. W. was nine years chaplain of the State's 

prison at Wethersfield ; during his later years he cultivated an 

orange grove in St. John's Co., Fla. 
vii. Elizabeth 8 b. 9 Aug. 1830; in. Samuel Merwin Munson, which see. 

Bazel' received by the Will of his grandfather Baszel 5 (1803) 
^30, the only bequest to a grandchild, presumably given for his 
name. His portion was in the form of 3 acres 25 rods bounded 
E. and S. on Job L.' and W. on the River. 

The account-book of Lucianus" has : 
" Aug. 1805 Bazel Munson Dr. 

to 4 quarts of Melases */,. 

Sept. 1805 to 20 lb of pork At '/ 1 . o . o 

Apreal 14 1806 to Cash 10 dollars to go to Vermont 3.0.0 

to 1 Horse and wagin to go to Vermont - - - 

June 4 1806 to 30 Shad 1.5.0" 

In 1808 Bazel' received from the estate of his grandfather 
Beach 2*4 acres of the homelot, with the dwelling-house. Being 
of Wilmington Oct. 1817 he sold Job L.' jr. £ of ten acres in 
Hamden. He had from his father's estate in 1829 (prob.) 1 acre, 
70 rods. For a short time about 1829 he was part-owner of the 
mill left by his father : the administrator sold him and two others 
one-half of the mill, mill-house and land adjoining, that being 
Job L.'s right in the property at his death ; price, $650. 

Bazel' was chosen a hayward in Hamden Jan. 1829. His resi- 
dence in New Haven was on Goffe Street. He did gardening. 
His wife about 1808 app'y was recommended by the Mt. Carmel 
church to the church in Wilmington ; and on recommendation of 
the latter was again received by the Mt. Carmel church 13 Sept. 
1829 ; her daughters Julia Abi" and Elizabeth" were baptized 19 
June 1831 ; and Huldah was dismissed to the Howe St. church, 
New Haven, by which she was received Aug. 1842. 


Sarah' (Job L. e , Baszel 6 , Joel') b. 1 March 1785 ; m. Asahel 
Strong of Durham. Res. Durham, Ct. 

654 The Munson Record. 

Children : 
i. Munson', m.; 1 dau. 
ii. Lucy 5 , m. Edwin Hubbard ; she d. 20 Jan. 1892 ; he d. 25 Aug. 

1S92 ; res. College St., New Haven, 
iii. Mary', m. Frederick Hubbard (bro. of Edwin), 
iv. Nancy', m. Tibbals. 
v. Sarah 8 , m. Elijah Loveland ; she living in 1892 ; res. Middletown, 

vi. George 8 , m.; dec. 

Sarah 7 received from her grandfather's estate \- t \ acres of the 
Andrews lot, 180S, from her father's estate 1 acre 72 rods, about 
1829, and from stepmother's dower 4^ acres in the home farm, 
bounded E. on the Canal. 


Lucy 7 (Job L. 6 , Baszel 5 , Joel*) b. 19 Oct. 1787 ; m. 1 Feb. 1813 
Asahel son of Hezekiah Dickerman of Hamden, b. 3 May 1788, a 
farmer; he d. in Windham, N. Y. 24 May 1868 ; she d. in Green- 
ville, X. Y. 18 June 1S81. Cong.; res. Lexington (now Jewett), 
Greene Co., N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Son b. 9 Nov. 1S13 ; d. 10 Nov. 1813. 
ii. iii. Son and Dau. b. 6 Jan. 1815 ; d. 7 Jan. 1815. 

iv. Hezekiah 6 6. 2 Feb. 1S16 : m. 2S Nov. 1S47 Louisa Kingsley ti/e 
Curtis (wid. of his cousin); no ch. ; he d. 1 Feb. 1855; res. 
Albany. N. Y. 

v. Beda- *. 7 April 1S18 in Lexington (now Jewett) ; m. 31 July 1147 
Philander Judson Burnham, a Presb. minister ; he d. 16 March 
1888; res. (18S2) Albany, N. Y.; she d. 1S92 at Norton Hill, 
Greene Co., N. Y. 

vi. Lucy 8 b. 20 March 1S20 ; m. 21 Oct. 1S41 Harrison Johnson ; he d. 
21 Jan. 1S42 ; m. (2nd) Luther Hayes; 2 ch.; she d. abt. 1S89 ; 
res. Greenville, N. Y. Her mother d. at her house. 

vii. Asahel' t. 1 April 1S22 in Lexington (now Jewett) ; m. 29 Aug. 1848 
Harriet A. dau. of Nelson Downs of South Norwalk, b. iS Jan. 
1S25 ; he d. 20 Nov. 1890; merchant (D. G.) ; Rep.; Cong.; res. 
So. Norwalk, Ct. ; 7 ch. — (1) Nelson* b. 4 Nov. 1S49, m. 12 Sept. 
1 S77 Emma Jane Ferris, she d. 17 June 1S90, merchant, Rep., 
Cong., res. So. Norwalk,* (2) Harriet Louisa* b. it March 1S51, 
d. n June 1854, (3) Cornelia Waterman* b. 19 Feb. 1852, m. 11 
March i5Si James P. Bennett, res. So. Norwalk, (4) Henry Burn- 
ham* b. 9 March 1S54, d. 29 April 1861, (5) Anna Lucy* b. 3 June 
1S56, grad. Tilden Sem., (6) Frank Asahel' •'. 11 May 1S61, tea- 
merchant, res. So. Norwalk, (7) Hattie Winona* b. 25 May 1866. 
Asahel' is reported as having " always paid a hundred cents on 
a dollar." 

' Dau. Grace Emma 10 6. 27 Sept. 

Clan Joel 1 : Job L. 1 655 

viii. Orlando 8 b. 31 Aug. 1S24 ; m. in 111. 13 May 1S52 Juliette L. Osborn ; 

res. Rockford, 111.; 2 ch. — Julia 9 and Worcester 9 , 
ix. Stiles M. 8 b. 25 March 1827 ; m. 1864 in Tyrone, Pa., Margaret R. 

Saxten ; no ch.; he d. 1 Feb. 1S87 ; lumberman and farmer ; res. 

Burlington, Pa. 
x. Ezra 8 b. 25 Jan. 1830; m. Eliza Fitch of N. Y. S. ; 2 ch.; res. 

Binghamton, N. Y. 
xi. Henry 8 b. 4 Oct. 1S32 ; m. 18 Feb. 1857 Esther Bennett of N. Y. S.; 

no ch.; res. Danby, N. Y. 

Lucy 7 had from her grandfather Beach's estate, 1808, 5 acres, 
i. e., one-half of the "barn lot" (with barn), bounded W. by high- 
way, N. by burying-ground, E. by Mill River; from her father's 
estate, about 1829, she received one acre 86 rods ; from her step- 
mother's dower she received 3^ acres 31 rods in the home farm, 
bounded W. on highway (15 rods 17 links at E. end, 4 rods 20 
links W. end), and 5 acres in the river meadow, bounded E. on 
Cheshire turnpike. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel church 
in Feb. 1812, and in Sept. 1814 was recommended to a church in 
Lexington, N. Y. 


Job L.' (Job L.", BaszeP, Joel') b. 25 (or 23) Nov. 1789 ; m. 
Sally Moss of Cheshire ; 6 ch.; she d. 9 Feb. 1830, ce. 40 ; m. (2nd) 
(by Rev. James Noyes of Wallingford) 17 June 1830 Adelia dau. 
of Lyman Tuttle, of Hamden, b. 1804; 5 ch.; she d. 14 Sept. 
1849 ; m. (3d) 30 Dec. 1850 Wid. Rachel L. Watson, ne'e Lodema 
Morse; he d. ("dropsy of the chest") 28 June 1864. Farmer, etc.; 
res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Julia Ann 8 , m. 25 April 1S30 Nehemiah Curtis of Newtown, a 

farmer ; 3 ch.; m, again ; she d. abt. 1882 ; res. Newtown, Ct.; 

3 ch.— (1) Sally 9 b. 1839, (2) Julia 9 b. 1845, (3) Charles 9 . 
715. ii. Bazel 8 b. 7 July 1814. 

iii. Sarah Nancy 8 /'. 23 Aug. 1817 ; m. 10 April 1S3S James Clark b. 14 

April 1815, a farmer ; he d. 7 Feb. 1863 ; she d. 31 Oct. 1877 ; res. 

Newtown ; 3 ch. — (1) Munson' 1 b. 19 May 1839, m. 26 Oct. 1863 

Martha Beach of Derby, two ch., res. on father's place, (2) Polly 9 

b. 1845, d. m. 3 yr., (3) Polly 9 , d. a. 22. 
iv. Cornelia 8 , m. George W. Bradley, a farmer and mail-contractor ; 

res. Newtown; 2 ch. — (1) Alice 9 />. Nov. 1S50, m., (2) Jessie 9 b. 

Feb. 1852, m. 
v. Lucy Lodema 8 , d. 17 June 1821. 
vi. Lucy 8 , d. 21 Oct. 1824, it. S. mo. 
vii. Abigail Adelia 8 , d. 22 June 1835, a. 2 y. 7 m. 

656 The Munson Record. 

viii. Job Lucianus", m. in New Zealand ; 6 ch.; (he ran away when abt. 
16 ;) printing-office, stationery and books ; res. Westport, West 
Coast, New Zealand. 

ix. Adelia s b. abt. 1840; in. 4 Feb. 1864 Frederick M. Wood b. in Mid- 

dletown, a. 30; res. New Haven, Ct., Cincinnati, O. 
x. Lyman Tuttle s b. abt. 1S41 ; d. at Newbern, N. C. 29 Dec. 1862 
from a wound received at the battle of Kinston Dec. 14, — aged 
21 y. 6 m. Among the items mentioned in the settlement of his 
estate are "Cash from William Fitch Paymaster, 821.19." and 
express expenses from Newbern, etc., $40.25. He enlisted in Co. 
A, 10th Conn. Regt., 27 Sept. 1S61. 

xi. John Watson* b. abt. 1843 ; unm.; he chose a guardian 23 May 1S63 
(<r. 19A), " having a father who was an imbecile and incapable of 
taking proper care of said minor ; " he was a soldier in the War 
of the Rebellion ; he went off somewhere and came back after his 
father died ; he went to New Zealand, came back after \"j years, 
and went off again to parts unknown. He has been in the print- 
ing-office with his brother and has engaged in repairing watches. 
His nephew Jerome C informs me (Oct. 1S92) that he died in 
the Sandwich Islands about May 9, 1S91, leaving some $15,000 or 
$20,000 to the " Salvation Arm)-." (His aunt Mrs. Allen had 
presented him with some property in Seattle, Wash.) 

Job L. 7 was admitted freeman in April 1812. He occupied the 
homestead of his father. For a time he took charge of the mill, — 
he owned a share of it. At some period he used to peddle oysters. 
Dr. Swift remembers that during a number of winters previous to 
his death, he used to spend his time popping corn, carrying loads 
of great sacks of it to market, and selling it by the peck and the 

He received in 1S08 from the estate of his grandfather Beach 
the southerly part of the " Barn lot," 4 acres, bounded W. by 
highway, E. by Mill River; also 5 acres of the houselot. He 
received from his father's estate one acre and 62 rods ; and he 
purchased of the administator the house and other buildings, $525, 
$% acres below the burial-ground, $164.50, 5 acres W. of the Canal, 
$165.57, 4 acres E. of the Canal, $362.25, etc. 

He was chosen constable in 1821 and 1822 ; highway-surveyor 
in 1S13, 1825 and 1845 ; fence-viewer in 1843 and 1852. 

As Job was sitting in his arm-chair, he hailed an acquaintance 
who came along and observed, " I am taking comfort ; " he then 
proceeded to the well and drew up a pint cup of cold punch, of 
which they partook together. He used to drink a great deal, it is 
said. " He was very hard upon his first wife ; his second paid 
him off." He was very singular, wild, jocose, a great practical 

Clan Joel': Mary 1 . 657 

One, Dickerman, relates that Judge Darling got some grind on 
Job. The latter drew a load of wood to New Haven which the 
Judge was scrutinizing rear and front. " Mr. Munson, your oxen 
do not kick ?" " Never." Job passed around in front of the 
oxen; punching one of them he set him kicking. "Excuse me, 
Judge," he exclaimed, " I never knew that ox to kick before." 
He once took a load of white-wood to New Haven.* Judge Darl- 
ing met him and asked him what his price for it was. He named 
his price "for not-hickory wood; this is (knot) not-hickory." 
The Judge bought it. When a man came to saw it, he inquired, 
"What did you buy that wood for?" "Why?" "It is white- 
wood." The Judge said he was told it was hickory. " That Mun- 
son !" he exclaimed. He sent Job a letter requesting him to call 
at his office. When he called, the Judge taxed him with misrepre- 
senting the wood. " I told you it was not-hickory." " But it 
wasn't hickory." "I told you it was not hickory !" Dr. Swift 
relates that Job L. took a load of turnips to New Haven, — long, 
white, cowhorn turnips. He offered them to a man. " What are 
they good for ?" " I feed mine to my fatting hogs." "Will they 
fatten hogs?" "Mine grow fat." "You may take them around 
to my place and leave them ; find how many there are, and come 
and get your pay." Two or three weeks after, Lucianus was in 
New Haven and met the man. " I thought you told me those 
turnips would fatten hogs." " I told vou I fed them to my fatting 
hogs, and they grew fat ; but I mix some meal with them, and I 
find that the more meal there is, the better." 


Mary 7 (Titus 8 , Baszel 6 , Joel') b. 24 June 1785 ; m. 10 Feb. 1806 
Eli son of Zachariah Lacey, b. in Easton 1 Feb. 1784, a farmer and 
Whig ; he d. 6 March 1849 ; she d. 30 Dec. 1855. Cong.; res. Red- 
ding, Ct. 

Children, b. in R.: 

i. Munson 9 b. 18 Oct. 1809 ; d. 2 Dec. 1821. 

ii. Edna 6 b. 27 April 1818 ; m. 19 Feb. 1840 Lewis son of Lewis Good- 
sell, b. in Fairfield n May 1814, a farmer and Whig ; Cong.; res. 
Redding Ridge, Ct. ; 6 ch.— (1) Eli LewisM. 28 May 1842, m. 28 
May 1867 Alecia Wakeman, Rep., Cong., res. Bethel, Ct., (2) 
Mary Jane* b. 25 Aug. 1844, m. 9 Jan. 186S Robert B. Edwards of 
Easton, a Rep., Cong., res. Danbury, Ct., (3) John Munson' b. 1 
April 1S46, m. 28 Sept. 1869 Olive Ann Woodrow of Kansas, 

* There used to be loads of wood standing along Church street near Chapel. 

658 The Munson Record. 

bookkeeper, Rep., Presb., res. Ft. Scott, Kan. (1 ch., Man- L. 10 ), 
(4) Edna Garaphelia'' b. 20 April 1S51, Rep., Cong., res. Redding 
Ridge, 15) Edward Lacey 9 b. 23 Sept. 1852, m. g Sept. 1S74 Amelia 
P. Piatt 01 Newtown, hatter. Rep., Cong., res. Danbury, (6) 
Thomas Hemmingway 9 b. 11 Oct. 1S61, m. 7 Dec. 1SS0 Maty A. 
M c Tamney of Easton, mason. Rep., res. Redding Ridge. 


Edna' (Titus 6 , Baszel 5 , Joel 4 ) b. 18 Jan. 1788 : ///. 16 March 1810 
Jesse son of Zachariab Lacey, a farmer and Whig : she J. 4 June 
1844. Cong.; res. Easton, Ct. 

Child : 

i. Rowland Bradley 8 b. 6 April 1818 in E.; m. 17 Nov. 1S41 Jane 
Eleanor dau. of Dea. Isaac Sherman of Bridgeport, b. 16 June 
1819 ; 4 ch.; she d. 5 April 1S57 ; m. (2nd) 14 April 1859 Elizabeth 
Richards dau. of Sherman Boardman. b. in Hartford 5 Aug. 1825 ; 
1 ch.; real-estate and public business ; Rep.; Cong.; res. Bridge- 
port, Ct.; 5 ch. — (1) Mary Louisa 9 b. 24 Oct. 1S42. m, 16 Nov. 1S64 
Ezra D. Dickerman b. in Hamden 16 Sept. 1S40, a Rep., Cong., 
in the War Lieut. 10th C. V., Capt. and Major 20th C. V., d. 22 
Dec. 1867, (two ch.,) m. (2nd) 29 Oct. 1S73 Samuel S. Hunter b. in 
Goshen 3 Jan. 1845, an iron merchant. Rep., 2nd Conn. H. 
Artillery, Cong., res. Bridgeport, (six ch.,) (2) Edward Rowland* 
b. 1 June 1S46, </. 2 July 1852,(3) Henry Rowland-' b. 31 July 1S54, 
d. 23 Aug. 1855, (4) David Sherman 9 b. 2S March 1857, m. 26 Dec. 
1880 Sarah Hermance Parker of X. Y. C, she d. 1 March 1883, 
druggist, Rep., Cong., res. Bridgeport, (one ch., Rowland S. 1 " b. 
16 Nov. 1SS3,) (6) Henrietta Boardman 9 /-. 2s Aug. i860, res. 

R. B. s L. was earl}- a teacher, was assistant postmaster in Bridge- 
port at the age of eighteen, became 

agent of the Housatonic R. R. in f As y*~^ //£ V^ - ^ 
1839, bookkeeper in a saddle- "-^^*W> W^tZc^Y 
manufactory in 1S44, then assist- ^ 

ant manager of the same, was a member of the firm iS53-'63 ; was 
a member and officer of the fire department 1S40-1S50 ; was mem- 
ber of the common-council 1S4S, '52, '53, '64 ; city-auditor 1S71- 
1883 ; has organized improvements in the fire-department, town- 
accounts, and the public schools ; has served as trustee, execu- 
tor or administrator of numerous estates ; finds a hobby in local 
history — being president of the Fairfield Co. Hist. Soc. ; since 
1S50 has been deacon of the First Ch., to which he brought a 
letter from Redding in 1S37 ; has served as clerk and treasurer 
of the church, treasurer of the society, chairman of society's com- 
mittee, teacher in Sunday-school, and superintendent thereof. 
For a more complete enumeration of the offices held by this able, 
active, and useful man, and a more adequate account of his pub- 
lic services, consult History of the City of Bridgeport, pp. 427-431. 

Clan Joel* : Austin 1 . 659 


Eliza' (Titus", Baszel 5 , Joel') b. 14 Jan. 1S09; m. 27 Dec. 1829 
Benjamin Cole b. 16 July 1806, a farmer, Dem. and Univ.; he d. 5 
April 1882 ; she d. 20 Aug. 1891. Res. Wellsville, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Mary Eliza 8 b. 26 Aug. 1832 in Pittsford, N. Y.; m. 25 April 1850 

Enoch Farnham ; res. Alma, N. Y. 
ii. Pedorah R. 8 b. 19 May 1836 in Perinton, N. Y.; m. 24 May 1857 
Alonzo Lord of Hornellsville ; he d. 11 Dec. 1867 ; m. (2nd) 17 
Nov. 1874 B. J. Eckler ; she d. 24 Oct. 18S0 ; his res. Rochester, 
N. Y. 
iii. Victoria B. 8 b. 6 Feb. 1838 in Perinton ; »:. 20 July 1854 James A. 

Gardner of Alma ; she d. 20 May 1864. 
iv. Augusta A. 8 b. 30 June 1841 in Per.; d. 14 March 1842. 
v. Jennie A. 8 b. 23 June 1847 in Nunda, N. Y.; m. B. J. Eckler (his 
1st m.) ; she d. 23 Jan. 1870. 


Austin 7 (Ezra 6 , Baszel 5 , Joel 4 ) b. 1791 ; in. Rhoda Silliman b. 1788; 
he d. 4 Nov. 1859 ; she d. 19 Aug. 1870. Carpenter and contractor; 
Whig ; Cong.; res. Hamden, Bridgeport, Ct. 

Children, b. in H.: 

716. i. Ezra Silliman 8 b. 23 Sept. 1816. 

ii. Harriet N. 8 b. 1819; unm. ; d. 16 Dec. 1857 at Bridgeport. 

717. iii. Minott 8 b. 18 March 1822. 

iv. Lyman Bennett 8 , was formerly in Gt. Barrington, Ms., where he was 
a carpenter ; it is believed that he was afterward in the cabinet 
business. " He was one of the earliest of the California pioneers, 
or ' forty-niners ' as they are termed on the Pacific Coast. He 
sailed from New York in the ship Tirolinta in company with the 
late Capt. Geo. W. Wheeler and a number of others. Thev went 
around Cape Horn and were about six months on the passage." 
He lived in Oregon a few years, and then removed to Idaho. He 
was captain of a company that fought the Indians in Oregon, and 
was shot through the arm — the ball killing another man. The 
Idaho Democrat of 9 April 1SS4 said : " Captain Lyman B. Mun- 
son, a pioneer and resident of Boise City for many years past, 
died at an early hour on Sunday morning last, of inflammation of 
the stomach, aged fifty-eight years. He had been married but a 
few weeks at the time of his death. All in all, Capt. Munson 
was one of the best men Idaho ever had. His death is greatly 
deplored by all who knew him." 
v. Burdett Hart 8 , reported as editor of a paper and city-sheriff; res. 
San Francisco ; 1 ch. — Burdy H. 9 b. 5 July 1S69, d. 22 Feb. 1880. 

718. vi. Mary Eliza 8 b. 23 March ; bp. 12 June 1831. 

660 The Munson Record. 

While a citizen of Hamden Austin 7 's home was in Centreville, 
where M. B. Humiston lives. His last work was helping Minott" 
to build a boat. His wife Rhoda was received to the Mount Car- 
mel Church 7 Sept. 1 81 7, being recommended by the "church in 
Western"; she was dismissed to the First Church, Bridgeport, 
30 March 1841. From the estate of his grandfather Baszel, in 1805 
Austin' received 6-k acres in the York Lot, ,£68.5.7^. He sold 4 
Dec. i8i7to I. Hitchcock 2^ acres, "all that was set to Chauncey," 
bounded N. on Return E. Jones. In March 1818 he paid Gilbert 7 
of Great Barrington $60 for % of an acre. 


Gilbert' (Ezra", Baszel', Joel 4 ) b. 7 March 1795 ; m. Wid. Vos- 
burgh, nee Esther Stanton, dau. of Col. Elijah Stanton of Salisbury, 
Ct.; 5 ch.; she d. 2 July i860 ; in. (2nd) Mrs. Beda Dorman 29 Jan. 
1862 ; she d. 1874; he d. 7. July 1875. Manufacturer, etc.; Whig ; 
Cong.; res. Great Barrington (P. O., Van Deusenville), Ms. 

Children : 

i. George Gilbert 8 b. 17 June 1S17 in Sheffield, Ms.; m. May 1840 Mary 
A. Sanford of North Haven ; hed. 5 Nov. 1840; teacher, merchant ; 
Whig ; Cong.; res. Great Barrington, Ms. 

719. ii. Harriet A. 8 b. 9 Aug. 1819 in Gt. Barrington. 

720. iii. Lyman Ezra 6 b. 21 Jan. 1822 in Gt. B. 

721. iv. John Cook 8 b. 3 April 1824 in G. B. 

v. Lydia Esther 8 b. 21 Sept. 1826 in G. B. ; unm. ; d. 10 Nov. 1858; 

In the distribution of his grandfather Baszel's estate, 1 July 1805, 
Gilbert received a one-half undivided right in the dwelling-house 
opposite his grandfather's, ^15, and a one-half undivided right in 
the acre of land on which it stood, .£13.10 ; also Ji of an acre "in 
the Strait poles so Call*". While "of Sheffield," Ms., he sold his 
interest in the house and lot 8 April 1816 to H. Brockett ; price, $75. 

In Van Deusenville he was a farmer, was engaged extensively 
in the lumber trade, and was also a manufacturer of cotton cloth 
and pig-iron. He was a director of the bank, and was captain of 
an artillery company. He held various town offices, and in 1847 
was a member of the State Legislature. We add that he was six 
feet and six inches in height. (His brother Austin was about as 


Sarah D.' (Samuel D. 6 , Joel", Joel 4 ) b. 13 Oct. 1797 ; m. 12 Oct. 
1816 Alfred son of Reuben Hatch, a farmer and Whig ; she d. 21 
Nov. 1854. Cong.; res. Mercer, Me. 

Clan Joel K : Samuel 1 . 66 1 

Children : 
i. Joseph Addison 6 . ii. Lucy Tilton 8 . 
iii. Samuel 9 . iv. Joel 8 . v. Eliza A. 8 

vi. Charlotte S. 8 , m. Durgin ; res. Lowell, Ms. 
vii. Laura Ingalls 8 . viii. Alfred Augustus". 


Samuel 7 (Samuel D. e , JoeP, Joel') b. 23 March 1804 ; ;//. 8 May 
1833 Abbie W. dau. of Col. Jacob Johnson of Brunswick, Me.; he 
d. 28 June 1834; she d. 13 July 1891, a. 85. Missionary; Whig; 
Cong.; res. Batavia, Java. 

Child : 
i. Samuel 8 b. 27 Feb. 1S34 in Batavia; m. 11 Oct. 1873 at Omaha, Neb., 
Evelyn Grace O'Connell b. in N. Y. C. 27 Jan. 1855 ; he d. 2 Oct. 
1887 at Farmington, Me. Officer in U. S. Army ; Episc. £§*" See 

At ten years of age Samuel' was left an orphan by an epidemic 
which proved fatal to both his parents. Thereupon a friend of his 
father made a home for him. His mates always welcomed him as 
a favorite companion on the play-ground, and his teachers esteemed 
him for his integrity and his application to his tasks. At the age 
of nineteen he became loyal to our Lord. He studied at the 
academy in Farmington, and in 1825 began a course at Bowdoin 
College. At this period he was a patient student, and was unwil- 
ling to leave a subject without understanding it. He was more 
distinguished for accuracy of judgment than for originality or 
imagination. One who was associated with him in college savs — 
" He always appeared to me as a fine specimen of one making the 
best use of his powers, and improving to the utmost his time and 
opportunities for acquiring useful knowledge." 

He sought ministerial equipment in Andover Theological Semi- 
nary. One who knew him in that school of the prophets, says : 
" His talents were highly respectable, — solid rather than showy. 
As a student he was diligent and thorough. His pietv was ardent 
and deep-toned, exerting upon his whole character a controlling 
influence." He was president of the Society of Inquiry. His first 
sermon had for its text John viii. 34. 

The greater part of the year after he left Andover, Mr. Munson 
devoted to the study of medicine in Boston and Brunswick. The 
friends of missions in Barnstable Countv, Ms., where he had spent 
several weeks in the service of the American Board, and where he 
was ordained, proposed to become responsible for his support 

662 The Munson Record. 

while engaged in missionary labors ; and the arrangement was con- 
summated. Just before embarkation, he preached a sermon from 
Acts viii. 4, which was published by the Board as one of their 
" Missionary Papers." 

On the ioth of June 1833, Samuel Munson and Henry Lyman, 
with their wives, embarked at Boston, on board the "Duncan," for 
Batavia. Munson, the voyager, wrote : " At one time we supposed 
ourselves in great danger. A small sail was discovered ahead, 
which was soon recognized as a slaver. They appeared to be 
making directly towards us, — thirty or forty monsters of all colors, 
languages and nations. To flee was impossible. All hands were 
called, — our carronades, muskets and pistols were charged. After 
an half-hour's anxious suspense, we saw them cross our bows and 
bear away, as we supposed, to the West Indies. I shall never for- 
get the appearance of their vessel, — black hull, black spars, and 
black masts — fit emblem of their moral character." 

July 17th the Rev? Samuel wrote to his sister: "The Lord 
willing, my dear sister, we shall cross the Equator to-morrow 
morning. The North-star has already disappeared. I looked for 
it to-night, but it was buried beneath the mists that encircled the 
horizon, and I shall see it no more." As the voyage of one 
hundred and three or four days drew towards a close, the mission- 
ary beheld palm trees lining the shore. 

Soon after arriving in Batavia, our Christians hired a house 
" with bamboo, cotton, coffee, cocoa-nut and cinnamon trees 
growing around it. Some beautiful coffee plants are just under our 
window." They began immediately to acquire the Malay language, 
and after a short time Munson commenced the study of the 
Chinese. They also opened a dispensary, where they furnished 
medicines to those who applied, — ministering at the same time to 
souls with spoken and printed messages. " I have never seen a 
Malay refuse a tract," wrote S. M. They engaged withal in 

The duty of exploration was imposed upon Munson and Lyman. 
Their instructions were to proceed "to Nyas, then to the Battas of 
Sumatra, then to the interior of Borneo, to fix upon the most 
eligible locations for other missionaries," who were immediately to 
be sent thither. Having obtained permission from the Governor- 
General, they embarked April 7, 1834 on the " Diedricka," to sail 
from Java to Sumatra. The languages spoken by their fellow- 
voyagers were twelve, — English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portu- 
guese, Danish, Bengalee, Moor, Javanese, Malay, Chinese, and 
Nyas. They arrived in Bencoolen Apr. 21st, and the next day 

Clan Joel\- Samuel 1 . 663 

inspected a plantation of spices. They found that "the nutmeg 
tree very much resembles the apple tree, though the branches are 
nearly horizontal, and the top more acuminated. The fruit is 
much like the peach in shape, size, and appearance. The clove 
tree is one of the most elegant productions of nature. In size and 
shape it is not unlike the common cherry. The germ of the 
blossom is, when gathered and cured, the clove of commerce. The 
flower is of all others the most exquisite in scent." They weighed 
anchor and visited Padang, where they investigated, preached, and 
distributed tracts. After calling at various other points, they 
found themselves, on the morning of May 28th, " in sight of the 
long-desired Nyas." They fulfilled their mission, improved their 
opportunities to see some other places, and arrived at Tappanooly 
(Sumatra) June 17th. 

From this port, they set out June 23d on a tour inland to explore 
the Batta country. They found the road exceedingly difficult — 
according to the report of their servant Si Jan — consisting of hills 
and ravines covered with thick forests ; so steep in many places, 
that they were obliged to ascend by means of rattans, tied from the 
tops of the rocks, and to descend on their haunches. Yet they 
managed to advance about ten or twelve miles per day. There was 
seen nothing like a village except at the end of each day's journey. 
On the second night after their departure, they fell in with a 
Radjah Swasa, who told them it would be better not to attempt to 
enter the Batta country at first, but to stay at Pauchon until he 
should have time to go into the interior and make inquiries, when 
he would send them a letter from Tobah, informing them whether 
or not they would be well received. The brethren replied that 
they came with peaceable intentions, and that there was no neces- 
sity for such a measure. Si Jan states while at Pauchon he heard 
from the Malays residing there such fearful accounts of the 
murderous practices and cannibal habits of the Battas, that he 
requested permission to remain behind, but that Mr. Lyman replied 
they could not do without him. 

About four o'clock Saturday afternoon, June 28th, the party 
came suddenly upon a log fort, only a hundred yards distant, 
which was occupied by a number of men armed with muskets, 
spears, etc. The interpreter offered to go first and parley with 
them ; after him followed the coolies with the baggage, the mis- 
sionaries, their two servants, and finally the police runner. When 
the interpreter arrived at the fort, Si Jan heard a commotion, and 
on looking round, beheld on their flank and at their rear a band 
of about 200 armed men close upon them. The coolies fled ; the 

664 T/ie Munson Record. 

interpreter also disappeared. Immediately the crowd of Battas 
rushed upon the explorers, hallooing and brandishing their 
weapons. Lyman turned aside the spears and muskets with his 
hands, and entreated the savages to wait a little, that there might 
be an understanding. — while both gentlemen threw their hats to 
them, with some tobacco. The rabble not being pacified, Mr. 
Lyman delivered up his pistols, as did also Mr. Munson. The 
former then asked Si Jan for the musket which he carried ; the 
man hesitated, but presently gave it to him, when Mr. L. immedi- 
ately handed it over to the Battas. He then said — "Call the inter- 
preter." Si Jan ran a little way to call him, but failing to discover 
him, turned about to return to Mr. Lyman, when he heard the 
report of a musket, and saw Mr. Lyman fall, calling out, " Jan ! 
Jan ! " A shout then arose from the encompassing Battas, which 
was answered by those in the fort. A rush was then made on Mr. 
Munson, who was run through the body, and fell. Another shout 

Sometime afterward, a traveller was informed at Tappanooly 
that the savages murdered the missionaries ignorantly ; they were 
maintaining warlike relations with a neighboring village, and 
seeing two strangers of unusual appearance approach, agitated 
with fear and passion, they did they knew not what. Moveover, 
when the villages around learned from natives on the coast, and 
from others on the road, that the Christian strangers were good 
men, and had come to do the Batta nation good, they all leagued 
together to execute vengeance against Sacca, the village where the 
outrage was perpetrated : they set the houses on fire, killed as 
many of the inhabitants as they could, and destroyed their gardens 
and fields. Those who escaped were dispersed, the community 
was dissolved, and the place where the village stood became a 
melancholy jungle.* 

"They never fail who die 
In a great cause." 

JdtT" Capt. Samuel 8 , son of s"7 / 

Rev. Samuel*, was the first C , ^^^^^f^T^- 

American child ever born on 

the island of Java. His father, in announcing the event to his 
grandparents, observed — " We hope and pray that the Spirit of 
God will prepare his heart for the work of a missionary." April 
6th, the Lord's-day previous to the embarkation of the Rev- Samuel 

♦This sketch has been extracted from Memoirs 0/ Munson and Lyman, pp. 196, published by 
D. Appleton & Co.. 1830. Munson is honored with a place in Sprague's gTeat work. Annals o/the 
1 Pulpit. 

Clan Joel*: Samuel". 665 

for Sumatra, his infant son was baptized. As he retired from the 
chapel, he intimated to the mother an impression that in a few- 
hours he should bid her and the little one a final adieu. At the 
age of one year the child was brought by his mother to America. 

The author has been favored with an official copy of the follow- 
ing announcement : — 

Headquarters 9th Infantry, 
Orders 1 Whipple Barracks, Ariz. October 22nd, 1887. 

No. 57 j 

It becomes the sad duty of the Regimental Commander to 
announce to the regiment the death of Captain Samuel Munson, 
on the 2nd day of October 1887, at Farmington, Maine. 

Captain Munson entered the 5th regiment of Maine Infantry, 
on the 6th day of May, 1861 ; on the 26th of that month he was 
appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the same regiment. On the 5th 
day of August 1861, he was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the 
9th U. S. Infantry, which appointment he accepted on the 5th day 
of September 1861, having been honorably mustered out of the 
volunteer service the day previous. He was promoted to a 1st 
Lieutenancy the 31st day of December 1862, to a Captaincy the 
28th day of September 1865. He was Quartermaster of the regi- 
ment from the 9th day of May 1864 to the 7th day of July 1865, 
and in addition to the foregoing served as Captain and A. Q. M. 
of Volunteers, from the 27th day of February 1865 until he was 
honorably mustered out on the 27th day of June 1866. 

Captain Munson's frontier service on the Pacific coast and on 
the Plains was long and arduous and earned him a high repute 
for the faithful manner in which it was performed, creditable 
alike to himself and to the regiment. A genial companion, a 
firm and generous friend, an officer of deservedly high standing, 
his memory will long be cherished by his comrades in the 9th 

As a mark of respect to the memory of Captain Munson the 
Regimental Colors will be draped, and the officers of the Regi- 
ment will wear the usual badges of mourning for thirty days. 
By Order of Lieut. Colonel Brayton. 
(Signed) J. M°B. Stembel. 

1st Lieutenant 9th Infantry 


My first word from the Captain was dated 21 Sept. 1885, at his 
Recruiting Office, 116 Chatham St., N. Y. C: "I am very much 
pleased to know that the Munsons are so numerous, and so forth- 
putting, and I'll do all in my power to help you." His widow wrote 

666 The Munson Record. 

in the autumn of 1887 : "The late Capt. Samuel Munson, U. S. 
Army, never received your invitation to respond to a toast at the 
Munson Reunion in August last. It went to Arizona, then to Mary- 
land, and finally reached us in Farmington, Me., a few days 
before Capt. Munson's death," when he was too ill to attend to 
matters of this nature. " Had his health permitted, he would 
have been glad to take part in what was no doubt a very enjoyable 

Capt. Samuel was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Me. 
Bishop Neely read the service at his grave. 

Jerry 8 (Ebenezer B.', Job L.", Baszel 5 , Joel 4 ) b. 18 April 1800; 
m. 5 Jan. 1823 Abigail dau. of John Whittaker b. 18 March 1800 ; 
she d. 23 Dec. 1871 ; he d. 4 Feb. 1885. Farmer; Dem.; Presb.; 
res. Woodstock, Ontario. 

Children : 
i. Miriam E. 9 *. 24 Sept. 1824 at Highgate, Vt. ; m. 24 May 1849 

William Thompson ; he d. 23 Feb. 1889. 
ii. Derius Curtis 9 , m.; n ch., 10 living; res. Hancock, 111.; was 

soldier in the War and was wounded, 
iii. John 9 , 8 ch., 6 living; res. Hancock, 
iv. Jerry 9 , 1 ch.; res. Hancock, 
v. Ebenezer B. 9 , 4 ch. ; res. Hancock. 
vi. Rebecca 9 , 5 ch., 4 living ; res. Hancock. 


Asahel 8 (Ebenezer B.', Job L.', Baszel 5 , Joel') b. 14 Aug. 1812 ; 
m. in St. Charles, Mo., Serena Ann King ; he d. 17 March 1876 in 
Potosi, Mo.; she d. 5 March 1883 in Oakland, Cal. Clergyman ; 
Presb.; res. Missouri. 

Children : 
i. Miriam 9 b. abt. 1842; m. Judge R. A. King of Jerseyville, 111.; 
2 sons ; res. Fresno, Cal. 
722. ii. Clinton 9 b. 10 Aug. 1846 at Apple Creek, Cape Girardeau Co., Mo. 

iii. Serena N. 9 b. abt. 1848 ; m. James T. Gardiner; 1 son, 2 dau.; res. 

Oakland, Cal. 
iv. Asahel D. 9 b. abt. 1851 ; unm.; res. New Mexico. 
v. John Y. 9 b. 1854; m.; 2 ch. ; merchant; res. Boulder, Col. 
vi. Arthur King 9 b. 15 Jan. 1859 in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo.; m.; 1 ch.; 
commercial traveller; res. Oakland, Cal. (In Cal. since 1877.) 

Asahel 8 was educated at Dartmouth College. One of his resi- 
dences in Missouri was Apple Creek. 

Clan Joel*: John*. 667 

John 8 (Ebenezer B. 7 , Job L.', BaszeP, Joel') b. 16 Feb. 1820 ; m. 
19 Jan. 1842 Mary Allen at Providence, Saratoga Co., N. Y. Res. 
San Francisco, Cal. 

Children : 

i. George H. 9 b. 8 June 1845 at Broadalbin, N. Y.J in. ; 1 ch.; 

m. (2nd) 22 Sept. 18S8 Susie Chedell Flint of Amsterdam ; insur- 
ance ; res. Amsterdam, N. Y., Spokane, Wash. (abt. 1890) ; 
1 ch. — John George 10 b. 19 July 1875. 
ii. Mary E. 9 b. 17 April 1851 at Broadalbin ; 111. 14 Oct. 1868 Seymour 
Birch at Amsterdam ; insurance (has been partner with her 
brother under the firm-name of Munson & Birch) ; res. Amster- 
dam, N. Y.; 1 ch. living— Mary Margaret 10 b. 14 July 1S72, now 
a student in " Ohio Wesleyan University." 


Job L. 6 (Bazel', Job L. 6 , BaszeP, Joel') b. 12 Oct. 1814 ; m. 21 
Dec. 1834 Grace A. Gilbert of New Haven b. 23 Dec. 1818 ; 13 ch.; 
she d. 21 March 1874; m. (2nd) 5 Feb. 1876 Harriet E. Brown of 
Portland, Ct.; no ch.; he d. iS July 1891. Carriage-maker; Rep.; 
Meth.; res. New Haven, Cobalt, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Isabella Gertrude 9 /'. 29 Feb. 1S36 in New Haven ; in. 9 Nov. 1857 
Luther G. Riggs, an editor ; a volume of poems published at 
Meriden in 1875 contained over three hundred by Mr. Riggs. 
Cong.; res. Meriden, Ct. 
ii. Charles W. 9 *. 10 Dec. 1837 in Hartford ; in. Caroline A. Shepherd ; 
he d. Nov. 1887 ; photographer, wood-worker ; res. New Haven ; 
4 ch. — (1) Emma 10 , <i. ct. 21 or 22 v., (2) Wallace 10 , (3) Bertie 10 
(male), (4) Clarence 10 . He was a photographer in Derby 1866, 
and was afterwards a photographer in Middletown seven years. 

723. iii. Wallace Gilbert 9 b. 14 Oct. 1S39 in Eas t Hartford. 

iv. Henrietta G. 9 /;. 22 Sept. 1S41 in Bethany ; in. 7 March 1S64 Rufus 
B. Hoyt b. in West Amesbury, Ms., a carriage-turner; 1 ch.; he 
d.j m. (2nd) 21 May 1872 John Lewis Cooper b. in Fair Haven ; 
he<£ 14 Aug. 1883 ; res. New Haven, Ct.; 1 ch. — Nettie Linwood 10 
b. 31 Dec. 1S65 in N. H. 

724. v. Walter Cleveland 9 *. 17 Oct. 1843 in New Haven. 

vi. Adella S. 9 b. 20 Nov. 1S46 in N. H.; una; res. Milford, Ct. 
vii. Julia Augusta 9 b. 3 Oct. 184S in N. H.; m. Alonzo L. Fenn ; she </. 
23 May 1883; Meth.; res. New Haven; 1 ch.— Myrtie M. 10 *. 1 
July 1S6S in Woodbridge, unm., res. New Haven, 
viii. Edward A. 9 b. 13 Dec. 1849 in Bridgeport ; J. 2 Sept. 1867. 
ix. Emerson Goodrich 9 /'. 24 Oct. 1851 in Simsbury ; in. 22 March 1S80 
Addie A. Laurance ; no ch.; he d. 26 Feb. 1SS6 ; carriage-maker ; 
Rep.; res. New Haven. 

668 The Munson Record. 

x. Son /'. IS March 1S54 (still-born). 

xi. Son (twin) b. 18 March 1S54. 

xii. Benjamin S." b. 16 April 1856 in N. H.; unm.; d. 16 March 1877. 

725. xiii. Frederick H. 9 b. 27 July 185S in N. H. 

Bazel 8 (Job L.', Job L.°, BaszeP, Joel 4 ) b. 7 July 1814 ; in. 9 
April 1838 Jennet Lovisa dau. of Amos Peck of Mt. Carmel, b. 24 
Dec. 1818 in Hamden ; she d. 30 Aug. 1888 ; he d. 15 Jan. 1891. 
Farmer ; res. Mt. Carmel, in Hamden, Ct. 

Children, b. in Mt. C: 

726. i. Francis Bennet 9 /\ 14 April 1839. 

727. ii. Jerome Courtland 9 b. 5 Nov. 1845. 

iii. Sarah Jennet 9 /'. 26 April 1S51 ; d. 16 Sept. 1853. 
iv. Dau. b. 14 April 1S55 ; d. y. 

Bazel 8 was a peddler during a great many years. His home was 
on the hills nearly a mile westward of the Canal and Turnpike. 
He owned the old tavern-place which had been occupied by his 
father and grandfather. 

When ill one time, he summoned Dr. Swift, and desired his 
prognosis of the case. " Mr. Munson, you have got started on a 
course of bilious fever, which may run ten days or two weeks." 
" Well, I can be sick as well now as ever, — I've got my crops all 
in !" 

He was quite eccentric. Nearly all his property, seven thousand 
dollars, was willed to Jerome. But the oddities of the testator 
enabled Francis to break the Will, so that the property was treated 
as intestate. 


Ezra S." (Austin 7 , Ezra 6 , BaszeP, Joel') b. 23 Sept. 1816 ; m. 25 
Sept. 1838 Lavinia Lucy dau. of David Clinton of North Haven ; 
3 ch.; she d. 8 Sept. 1849 ; m. (2nd) 2 Dec. 1850 Abigail dau. of 
Rev. Ammi Linsley of North Haven ; 3 ch.; he d. 15 Dec. 1882. 
Manufacturer of and dealer in agricultural implements; Cong.; 
res. North Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. George Sylvanus 9 bp. 16 May 1S41 ; d. 13 April 1861. 
ii. Dau., d. 15 Oct. 1844. 
iii. Child, d. 6 Sept. 1849, a - aDt - 2 weeks. 

iv. Willard Linsley''' b. 23 Nov. 1853 > n New Haven ; unm. ; musician — 
teacher and organist; joined Cong. Ch., No. Haven, 1868; res. 
North Haven. 

Clan Joel\- Minoif. 669 

v. James Franklin 9 b, 12 June 1S55 in New Haven ; m. Hattie A. dau. 
of Erus Bishop of North Haven ; employed by mfg. Co., Newark, 
N. J.; 1 ch.— *. Oct. 1S92. 
vi. Ezra Gilbert" b. 1 April 1857 in No. Branford ; m. 22 June 1879 
Lilla Blance dau. of Edward A. Andrews of No. Haven ; 
machinist, lately tool-making for Winchester Repeating Arms 
Co.; res. Springfield, Ms., Hartford, New Haven, Ct., Northamp- 
ton, Springfield, Ms.; 1 ch. — Edward Leslie 10 b, 1 Sept. 1880. 

Ezra'was chosen first-sergeant of the North Haven blues at its 
organization 6 Aug. 1838. He and his wives were church mem- 
bers. A part of his life he was active in church, Sunday-school 
and temperance work. Business troubles afforded occasion for 
some faults. In 1850 he had an agricultural warehouse on Chapel 
St. During forty-five years he was manufacturing or trafficking 
in agricultural implements. "He was widely known," says a 
newspaper, "among Connecticut farmers as a genial and obliging 
gentleman." In May 185 1 he changed his home from North 
Haven to New Haven, in March 1857 removed to North Branford, 
and in Nov. 1857 returned to North Haven. 


Minott 6 (Austin , Ezra 6 , BaszeP, Joel') b. 18 March 1822 ; ///. 
Aug. 1847 Amanda M. Carnes ; 2 ch.; m. (2nd) Debonana Demott; 
no ch.; m. (3d) 25 Oct. 1862 Mary J. Blakesley ; 1 ch.; she d. 2 
Sept. 1868, a. 24 y., 11 m., — bur. in Wallingford. Boat-builder; 
res. Bridgeport, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Burdett Lyman 9 b, S Feb. 1S49 ; m. 17 June 1S6S Mary E. Hotch- 

kiss ; 1 ch.; res. Bridgeport, 
ii. Georgianna Amanda' b. 22 April 1S51 ; m. 22 Jan. 1874 Hobart W. 

Watson; res. Canaan, Ct.; 1 ch. — Mabel L. 10 b. 11 Nov. 1874. 
iii. Harriet Jennie 9 b. 13 May 1866 ; unm.; res. with her father. 

Minott 9 builds boats from six feet in length to thirty, the latter 
capable of carrying thirty persons. In 1883 he was building one 
for steam, at a price of $400. He was himself owning twenty-four 
boats, and had the care of some belonging to other persons. 


Mary E.' (Austin 7 , Ezra", Baszel 5 , Joel*) b. 23 March 18..; bp. 
12 June 1831 ; m. Oct. 1854 Win. B. Hall, a prominent dry-goods 
merchant ; she d. 13 Dec. 1890 ; he d. 31 Dec. 1891. Res. Bridge- 
port, Ct. 

670 The Munson Record. 

Children : 
i. Walter John* b. 12 Feb. 1859 ; m. 23 Sept. 1S86 Louise Merrill ; res. 

New York ; 1 ch.— Merrill W. 10 b. 4 Dec. 1887. 
ii. Clara L. 5 *. 31 Dec. i860; m. 10 June 1886 Frederick H. Mills; 

res. Boston ; 1 ch. — Walter H. 10 /;. 13 Feb. 1890. 


Harriet A." (Gilbert", Ezra 8 , BaszeP, Joel') b. 9 Aug. 1819 ; m. 
6 Oct. 1840 Deacon Asahel Savage of Sheffield, a farmer and 
Rep.; she d. 27 Aug. 1862 ; he d. 10 Oct. 587 1. Cong.; res. Shef- 
field, Great Barrington, Ms. 

Children : 
i. Amelia Jemima 9 b. 4 Feb. 1842 in S.; d. 1 Nov. 1865. 

ii. Ulyssa Almena 9 b. 18 Oct. 1843 in S.; m. 25 June 1884 Rev. George 
Clinton Bush; Presb.; res. Brooklyn, Jackson Co., Mich. She 
graduated at Bellevue Inst, (near Philadelphia), and is now tak- 
ing care of the shepherd and the flock, and painting. Her 
husband had dwelt in Ms., Pa., Md., N. C, and (one and one- 
half years) in Europe. 

iii. George Gilbert 9 b. unc. 22 June 1S46 in S. ; d.d Dec. 1870. 

iv. Harriet Augusta 9 b. 7 Feb. 1S55 > n Gt. Bar.; lady's companion ; 
Presb.; res. Newtown, Buck's Co., Pa. 


Lyman E. 6 (Gilbert 7 , Ezra", BaszeP, Joel 4 ) b. 21 Jan. 1822 ; m. 6 
Oct. 1846 Lucy A. Sanford (sister of George G.'s wife) of North 
Haven. Lawyer ; Rep.; Cong.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in N. H.: 
i. Mattie A. 9 *. 1850. 
728. ii. Mary 9 b. 8 Dec. 1S56. 

iii. Edward Lyman 9 b. 27 Dec. 1868 ; m. (by rector of Christ Church) 29 
May 1893 Marta J. Schneeloch of New Haven ; grad. Yale Coll. 
1890, and Yale Medical Department 1892 ; Physician ; res. St. 
Louis. Mo. ; see below. 

Lyman E. 6 graduated at Yale Law School 1851. Was three 
years Chief Justice of the U. S. Court for the Territory of Mon- 
tana. He has been president of the Yale Clock Co. He has 
lectured somewhat and has been a contributor to periodicals. He 
was admitted to the North Church, New Haven, by certificate in 

J3T Dr. Edward L.' J Munson was a graduate of the Hopkins 
Grammar School, where he obtained prizes for the best Greek 
translation and the best English essay. We quote the Journal and 

Clan Joel': John C" 671 

Courier : " He then entered the academical department at Yale 
and while at college was one of the editors of one of the leading 
college papers. On his graduation he was offered the professor- 
ship of English literature in Rochester University, which he 
declined. He entered the medical department at Yale and success- 
fully took in two years the full course of three years' study, and 
graduated with the two highest prizes out of three, taking one for 
the best thesis on diabetes, the other for the best paper on obstetrics. 
Soon after graduating he became a member of the staff of physi- 
cians at the Connecticut General Hospital in this city. Here he 
spent nine months, exhibiting rare adaptation to the work of his 
chosen profession. Later in a competitive examination for 
appointments as surgeon in the United States Navy, he passed in 
the front rank of applicants and was nominated as assistant-sur- 
geon by the President and confirmed by the Senate, but declined 
this appointment. The same week he underwent an examination 
by the board of United States medical examiners headed by the 
surgeon-general of the army. He brilliantly passed the most care- 
ful and critical examination, standing at the head of a large class 
of applicants and taking first place in the line." He was appointed 
assistant-surgeon in the United States Army, and ordered to report 
at St. Louis (May 1893), where the troops usually number from 
1500 to 2000. Several articles from Dr. Munson's pen have 
appeared in medical journals. 


John C. s (Gilbert 7 , Ezra 6 , Baszel 6 , Joel') b. 3 April 1824 ; m. 24 
April 1846 Lydia Kezia dau. of Isaac Holmes of Washington, Ms., 
b. 19 Jan. 1826. Farmer and dealer in stone; Rep.; Cong.; res. 
Van Deusenville, Ms. 

Children, b. in V. D.: 

i. George G. 9 b. 3 July 1850 ; m. 18 Nov. 1875 Jennie M'Knight ; 

farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Van Deusenville. 
ii. Clara H. 9 b. 29 Nov. 1851 ; d. 16 Feb. i860. 

iii. Harriet b. 9 Aug. 1854 ; m. 18 Nov. 1875 Edward H. Shaw of Aus- 
terlitz, N. Y., a builder and contractor for mason work, and Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Van Deusenville. 
iv. Lillian* />. 13 Oct. 1861 ; d. 7 Oct. 1879. 
v. Louise 9 b. 17 Nov. 1867 ; d. 20 Sept. 1868. 

John C." furnishes limestone for use S rf ^%-**^u3u«Ay, 
in the manufacture of pig-iron. 

672 77*1? Mutison Record. 


Clinton" (Asahel*, Eben. B. 7 , Job L. 6 , Baszel 5 , Joel 1 ) b. 10 Aug. 
1846 ; m. 20 Feb. 1873 Abitha Marian, dau. of E. H. Dyer of Ala- 
meda Co., Cal. Physician ; res. Tacoma, Wash. 

Children : 
i. Gertrude Marian 10 b. 15 Jan. 1874 at Gilray, Cal. 
ii. Herrick Clinton 10 b. 12 Dec. 1890 at Madrone Springs, Cal. 

Dr. Munson was a student at "Pleasant Hill Academy," in Mo., 
pursued professional * . 

and graduated at the Hahnemann Med. Coll., Chicago, in 187 1. 
The same year he located in Gilray, Santa Clara Co., Cal., where 
he practised until 1876. He then removed to Oakland, where he 
continued practice until April, 1883, when he migrated to Tacoma. 
He has a happy home, and a lucrative business. 

Wallace G. 9 (Job. L. 8 , Bazel 7 , Job L. e , Baszel 6 , Joel') b. 14 Oct. 
1839; m. Sarah G. Sears b. abt. 1835 ; 1 ch.; m. (2nd) 25 Dec. 1880 
Mary Kurtz; 2 ch.; she d. Oct. 1882; m. (3d) 9 Jan. 1884 Mary 
Eizenman ; m. (4th) 26 Oct. 1887 Kate Camfield ; 1 ch.; he d 29 
March 1889 at Toledo. Res. Wagon Works, O., wid. Auburn- 
dale, O. 

Children : 

i. Nellie 10 b. 4 Sept. 1861 ; unm. ; res. New Haven. 

ii. Gracie 10 b. 26 Aug. 18S1. 

iii. Annie 10 b. 28 April 1882. 

iv. Hattie ,0 <S. 17 July 1888. 

His first wife, an invalid, resides in New Haven (1892). 


Walter C (Job L. s , Bazel 7 , Job L. 9 , Baszel", Joel 4 ) b. 17 Oct. 
1843 ; m. 29 June 1865 Madeline Davis of Brooklyn ; 3 ch.; she d.j 
m. (2nd) 3 Aug. 1879 Barbary Rambo of Reading, b. 1 Feb. i860 ; 
2 ch.; he d. April 1891. Manufacturing; Rep.; res. Brooklyn, 
N. Y., Philadelphia, Pa. 

Children, b. in Bkln. : 
i. Harry 10 b. 6 April 1866. 
ii. Alice 10 b. 25 March [S70. 
iii. Grace 10 b. 18 July 1873. 
iv. Mary 10 b. 1 March 1881 ; d. 27 July 1881. 
v. Adella 10 *. 2 Aug. 1884. 

Clan Joel': Jerome C." 673 

Walter C. a went to sea at the age of thirteen. Hearing of the 
Secession War, at Sydney, Australia, he returned via Liverpool, 
and in Boston Bay 2 Nov. i860 his ship the Mary Lanner was 
wrecked ; forty-four lives were lost, ten saved. Four days after, 
he joined the United States Navy, and participated under Farragut 
in the capture of Fts. Jackson and St. Philip, Port Hudson, Vicks- 
burg and Mobile. From the rank of ordinary seaman he rose to 
that of signal quartermaster. He served on the frigate Mississippi 
until she blew up at Port Hudson, and then went on board the 
sloop-of-war Portsmouth ; from her he passed to the frigate 
Colorado, by which he went to Portsmouth, N. H. After the War 
he entered the Whitney Armory at New Haven to learn tool- 
making. In 1885 he wrote : "For the past thirteen years I have 
held the position of superintendent of manufacturing. For the 
past year I have been in business for myself." 

Frederick H. J (Job L. 8 , Bazel 7 , Job L.°, Baszel 5 , Joel') b. 27 July 
1858 ; m. 17 Nov. 1886 Kate McRury b. in Sidney, Cape Breton ; 
he d. 12 April 1893. Travelling salesman ; Rep. ; Cong. ; res. 
Newton Centre, Ms., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Alice 10 b. 19 Dec. 1887. 
ii. Langdon Irving 10 b, 31 March 1891. 


Francis B. a (Bazel 8 , Job L.', Job L. 6 , Baszel 5 , Joel 4 ) b. 14 April 
1839 ; m. 11 Feb. 1863 Emily Lavinia dau. of Timothy B. Nichols 
of New Haven. Fruiterer; Dem.; Episc; res. Mount Carmel, Ct. 
Children, b. in Mt. C: 

i. Frederick Eugene 10 b. 4 Sept. 1S64 ; d. 16 Aug. 1S69. 
ii. Edward Amos 10 b. 29 Sept. 1866. 
iii. Jennet L. 10 b. 26 Feb. 1S71. 

Jerome C." (Bazel 8 , Job L. 7 , Job L.", Baszel 6 , Joel') b. 5 Nov. 
1845 ! '"■ 3 Nov. 1864 Sarah Jane dau. of Heman Doolittle b. 5 Oct. 
1844 in Hamden. Fruiterer ; Dem.; res. Mount Carmel, Ct. 

Children, b. in Hamden : 
i. George Walter 10 b. 1 July 1866. 
ii. Bennet Peck 10 b. 14 Feb. 1S70. 
iii. Willis Burton 10 b. 11 Sept. 1880. 

674 The Munson Record. 


Mary" (Lyman E. 6 , Gilbert 7 , Ezra 8 , Baszel 5 , Joel 4 ) b. 8 Dec. 1856 ; 
m. 21 Dec. 1882 Thomas H. son of Gen. Wm. H. Russel, a physi- 
cian and surgeon. Res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Mary Talcott 10 b. 19 March 1884. 

ii. Thomas Hubbard 10 b. 25 Jan. 1886. 
iii. William Huntington 10 b. 20 March 1S88. 
iv. Eleanor Woodbridge 10 b. 23 Aug. 1892. 

Dr. Russel grad. Yale Scientific Department, Ph. D., and Yale 
Medical Department, M. D. He is professor of Therapeutics and 
Materia Medica in Yale Medical Department, and surgeon to Con- 
necticut State Hospital. 


Conspectus of Male Heads of Families 

Israel 4 

Joseph 5 

Joseph 6 


New Haven. 

James 6 


VNezu Haven. 




Wheatland, la. 

John A. 8 



Nezv Haven. 


New Haven. 

Charles E. 8 


N. Y. City. 

Samuel M. 8 


New Haven. 

William G. 7 


New Haven. 

Harvey 7 


Meredith, N. Y. 

Samuel B. 8 


Samuel B. 7 ■ 



Francis M. 8 



Cleveland, 0. 

Henry A. 7 

1S14-1S77 ■ 
^New Haven. 

Walstien E. 


A'<"i" Haven. 

i Isaac B. 1 

I William D. 

I iSjb-iSbj 

Israel 5 '• Isaac 6 i Israel 7 

unc. 1737-lSob \ 1:71-183$ \ 1S08- 

Wallingford, I't. 1 IVallingford, Vt. 

Edward 7 

[Sennett, A'. Y. 

l Charles I. s 
< 184S- 

( Rochester. 

Clan Israel'': Himself. 675 

Clan Israel'. 

Theophilus 3 , Samuel*, Thomas 1 . 

Israel' b. 11 Dec. 1701 ; m, (by Capt. John Hall, Assistant) 
i Feb. 1726/7 Elizabeth dau. of Samuel Bishop, sen., b. 16 April 1704; 
4 ch.; she d. 17 Nov. 1734; m. (2nd) (by Rev. Richardson Miner) 
Mary Brinsmade of Stratford* 28 Oct. 1736 ; 3 ch.; she d. 2%\ Oct. 
1742, ce. 26; m. (3d) (by Isaac Dickerraan, Esq., Just. P.) 27 Sept. 
1744 Margaret dau. of Capt. Moses Mansfield and Margaret ProutJ, 
b. 7 Oct. 1708 ; 2 ch.; he d. 28 July 1754 ; she d. before Feb. 1757. 
Inn-keeper, and blacksmith app'y; Cong.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

730. i. Joseph 5 £. S Oct. 1727 ; bp. 15 Oct. 1727 at First Ch., N. H. 

ii. Elisha 5 bp. 26 Oct. 1729 at First Ch.; "June 29, 1747 Then Reci of 
my Honoured ffather M r Sam' 1 Bishop the full sum of Twenty 
four pounds Money old Tenor Bills of Publick credett to be 
equally Divided Between his three Grandchildren Joseph 5 , 
Elisha 5 , and Esther 5 Munson as they come of age in full of their 
portion of Grandfather Bishop Estate. Rec d P r me 

Israel 4 Munson." 

731. iii. Esther 5 b. n Feb. 173J; bp. as " Hester" 13 Feb. 173^ ib. 

iv. Ichabod 5 b, 17 Nov. 1734, "born an hour before his mother's 
death" ; bp. 17 Nov. fjy^'ii.; d. 29 Aug. 1739. 

732. v. Israel 5 bp. 9 Oct. 1737 ib. 

vi. Elizabeth 5 b. 12 Aug. 1739 ; bp. 12 Aug. 1739 ib.; m. 30 March 1757 
Ephraim Middlebrook "both of No. Stratford"; res. Stratford ; 
her brother Joseph was allowed as her guardian 1755. In 1759 
she inherited from her father 6 acres in Waterbury near "Cotton 
Wool Swamp " and ten acres " in y e Mill Lane pasture," besides 
" Moveables " and a share in the widow's dower. In May 1761 
Ephraim and Elizabeth conveyed to "our Brother Jos. Munson" 
two acres, "being part of the Mill Lane pasture." The same 
month they transferred to Joseph 45! rods, "being a part of 
s? Jos: Munsons homelot," bounded W. on Jonathan Mix, N. on 
Wm. Munson, E. on town street, and S. on Joseph's own land. 

vii. Mary 5 b. 21 Aug. 1741; bp. 23 Aug. 1741; d. 17 Dec. 1742. 

733. viii. William 5 b. 20 May 1747; bp. 31 May 1747 at First Ch. 

734. ix. Margaret 5 b. 10 March I7ff. 

• Trumbull Ch. Rec. : " Octor 28 1 , 11 1736 Israel Munson of New Haven and Mary Brinsmead 
of Unity were married." 

t Gravestone; Town Rec., Oct. 30. 

X Born 7 June 1683, dau. of John, son of Timothy (of Boston). Margaret's sister Mary m. John 
Dixwell of Boston, son of the regicide ; Margaret's niece Margaret Mansfield was the first wife of 
Benedict Arnold. Capt. Moses Mansfield was b. 1674, son of Major Moses 1640-1703. 

676 The Munson Record. 

In 1730 Israel's residence was on the S. E. corner of College 
and Grove streets where Benj. Ling and Dixwell the Regicide had 
formerly lived. In that year, April 30, 

his father presented him with "that rf/ ,_fl/ffl /^ 
homelot where the said Israel Dwells X^^Ot/flpyy^t. 
with the Building thereon, the North * f 

Corner of sd lot, Bounded westerly and Northerly by the Town 
streets, southerly and easterly by s d Theophilus Munson his land." 
Israel* was still living on the Dixwell corner when his son 
William 6 was born in 1747. 

It is evident that he was a smith by trade. His father was a 
locksmith. The latter by Will said — " I give to my son Israel my 
best Anvil"; this article was valued at ^45. The inventory of 
Israel's estate included : Sea Cole in the Shop £§ .12.6 p r large 
Bellows £4 Anvil 174* ^58 Beek Horn 38? ,£9.1.6 Vice £\2 
hand D° 25/- 1 Sledge and 7 Hammers £4 3 p^ Smiths Tongs, 
pinchers, Shears & Butteris 97/2 Rasps 11/ Box of sundry small 
Tools 40/ 7 f pewter & brass 49/5 * Lead 12/6 5^ german Steel, 
old Iron ,£30 . 16 38 * new Iron 88/4. His "black Smith's Shop " 
stood on the south half acre of his home lot. (It passed into the 
possession of Joseph*.) 

Capt. Theophilus 3 died in 1747 ; Gen. Wadsworth's Map of New 
Haven made in 1748 locates Israel at his father's late residence, 
southwest corner of College and Wall streets, where President 
Dwight now lives, and it designates him as Inn-Keeper. 

"I give to my son Israel," says Theophilus in his Will, "my 
silverhilted Sword," — valued at ,£30. After some minor bequests, 
the bulk of his estate is to be divided among his four sons : 
" Israel is to have a double part and my other Sons a Single part." 
There fell to Israel 4 , in the distribution — "y e Home lot containing 
about i£ acres y e Dwelling house Barn and appertenances where 
y e s? Dec? Last Dwelt, also y e Eastern part of Heaton Lot so 
Called, containing about 2 acres [extending N. to Grove Street], 
also Davis:s Lot, the Mill Lane pasture," and about nine other 
tracts including "Cheshire Lott " and "Ox hill Lott." 

Israel 4 purchased of Samuel Heaton, 3 April 1783, 3^ acres in 
"the great Island," bounded easterly by "the little River." He 
purchased of his brother Benjamin 4 22 Jan. 1753 his right in a 
tract in Wallingford — " East of that Rock Called the high Rock, 
adjoyning upon the Line Dividing between s? New Haven [now 
Hamden] and Wallingford." He made about eight other pur- 
chases between 1730 and 1751. In January 1750 Lieut. Israel 4 
asked the town that a deficiency in his father's seventh division 

Clan Israel*: Himself. 677 

might be supplied : 2 acres " at Shepards* Brook " were voted to 
the heirs of Capt. Theophilus. 

In May 1737, Mr. Israel Munson was confirmed by Assembly 
"to be Ensign of the northeast company or trainband in the town 
of New Haven ;" this was the North Haven company. In May 
1745, he was confirmed "Lieutenant of the second company or 
trainband." In May 1750, he was confirmed "to be Captain of the 
2d company or trainband in the town of New Haven." (In 1739, 
New Haven — including East, West, North, &c. — had six com- 
panies, of which that in North Haven was by far the largest.) 

Israel 4 was chosen fence-viewer in 1732 — '47 and '50 ; hay ward 
in 1737; and in 1751 Capt. Israel had liberty to build a pound. 
He was made a surveyor of highways in 1732, a constable in 1735, 
a grand-juryman in 1744, a " Brander and Taler for this Town 
until another be chosen in his place" in 1734, and in 1753 he was 
one of five branders of horses. He was chosen sealer of weights 
and measures seven times, 1748 to '53. He was elected a lister in 
1730, and was seven times elected townsman or selectman, 1746- 
1752. He was appointed guardian to his nephew Richardson 
Miner in June 1750, and was appointed guardian of two other 
lads in 1752 and 1753. We should add that Israel was admitted to 
the First Church 20 Nov. 1735, under the ministry of Rev. Joseph 

Capt. Israel's estate was appraised at ,£7525.12.4; after all 
claims were satisfied, there remained ^5975 .16.7, a large prop- 
erty for those times. The inventory specifies nineteen pieces of 
land, over 150 acres : Home lot abt. 1% acres, Heaton lot i£, 
Davis lot 2, Mill Lane pasture 22^, Beaver Hills 4^6, Ox Hill 4^, 
Plainfield 10, "back Side of Westfield" 42, u % acre of Land by 
the Landing Tree in the Neck," etc. Other articles enumerated 
were Cyder mill, 33^ BB of cyder ^101.5, 2 Horses, 1 Bull, 5 
Cows, 10 Hogs, Eel spear, Oyster tongs, 2. pi fleams 30/, 3 wooden 
bottles 47/, 2 Saddles, Looking glass J~6, Candle-stool 30/, Clock 
j£l5> 3 pictures £6, " leath; breeches w 1 '' silver Buttons" £11, 
black breeches 65/, Allipeen vest 70/, camblet coat £4. 10, silver 
porringer £12, silver cup ^28, silver buckles ^5.10, silver 
headed cane 70/, gun £13, silk sash jQ6, sword ^50, " Right in a 
Law Book " 10/, Pools Annotat".' 70/, Bible 30/, do. 15/, Psalter 
and Testam' 12/, Psalm book 7/. 

Joseph', the eldest son, was appointed guardian to IsraeP, Eliza- 
beth", William and Margaret 5 . 

* Elsewhere, " Sheepherds.' 

678 The Munson Record. 


Joseph' (Israel 4 ) b. 8 Oct. 1727; m. 2 Feb. 1757 Sarah dau. of 
Samuel Bishop, jr., b. 6 Feb. 1732-3 ; she d. 10 Nov. 1790 ; he d. 9 
Jan. 1793. Commerce, &c. ; Mrs. Sarah admitted to First Ch. 
(Cong.)* 25 March 1759 ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in N. H. : 

i. Mary 6 b. 23 Nov. 1757; bp. 25 March 1759 at First Ch., N. H.; unm.; 
d. 29 Sept. 1828 ; joined North Church April 1780.! She and her 
four sisters inherited from their father ^ of the dwelling-house 
and % of S6 rods of land "including the privilege of the Well;" 
the lot had a front of 4* rods on College street and was 21 rods 
deep ; south of it were the So rods which fell to James 6 , having a 
frontage of 3 rods 15 links. 

ii. Elizabeth 6 b. 7 Aug. 1759 "between 2 & 3 of ye Clock in ye morn- 
ing " ; bp. 12 Aug. 1759 at First Ch. ; unm. ; d. 1 Aug. 1825 ; joined 
North Ch. June 17S0. By the distribution of her father's estate 
she shared with her sisters |4" of the home, ^ of 6 acres of wood- 
land at Ox Hill, and other real estate. Lizzie 6 , according to 
Mrs. Wheeler, "was a fat woman; she was always in the 
iii. Elisha 6 b. 7 April 1761 ; bp. 12 April 1761 by Whittlesey, First Ch.; 
unm.; d. 30J Aug. 1841 ; grad. Yale Coll. 1784; surveyor, town 
clerk, transactor; res. New Haven. (^~ See below. 

iv. Sarah 6 bp. 20 Feb. 1763 at First Ch.; unm.; d. 13 Sept, 1838 ; joined 
North Church July 179S. Mrs. Wheeler remarks that Sarah was 
always sitting in a certain chair which has come into Mrs. W.'s 
possession. " Something ailed her hands ; she was always knit- 
ting — she could do that." Her Will bequeathed $100 to her 
"beloved friend Jane Higgins" ["She kept house for them; 
they couldn't have got along without Jane." G. M. IV.] ; $50 to 
her niece Sarah ; $40 to Bible Soc; $30 to A. B. C. F. M.; and 
$30 to S. S. Union ; the residue to Esther 6 . The inventory 
included iy% acres "about 50 rods northerly of Munson St. and 
near the Farmington Canal ; " y£ of 1 acre of woodland, triangular, 
"at Ox hill bounded W. on Saw mill brook" ; etc. 

v. Esther 6 (pron. "Easter") bp. 20 Jan. 1765, First Ch.; unm.; d. 14 
Jan. 1S47 ; admitted to communion of First Ch. 1789. Mrs. 
Wheeler : " Miss Esther was very homely but very refined and 
ladylike. (The sisters were all homely.) She went out more 
than the other sisters, and was the one to receive company." She 
had from her brother Elisha 6 the use for life of $6750. After 
making bequests to three persons, she gave " To my friend Jane 
Charlotte Higgins now an inmate of my family, in consideration 

* Joseph 6 was among those members of the First Society who in 1759 were set off to form 
White Haven Soc. 

t Possibly August 1783. 
} Town Rec, Aug. 31, 1841. 

Clan Israel': Joseph". 679 

of her faithful attention to me for many years in sickness and 

health all the residue of my personal estate." 
Hannah 6 bp. 7 Sept. 1766, First Ch.; unm. ; d. 4 Feb. 1S33; admitted 

to North Ch.. Aug. 1783. In 1809 she conveyed to her brother 

Joseph her right in ^ acre "near the West Rock, called the 

Powder Mill Lot." 
Joseph 6 b. 4 May 1768 ; bp. 29 May 176S, First Ch.; d, 23 Sept. 1769. 
Joseph 6 *. 19 Sept. 1770; bp, 23 Sept. t770, First Ch. 
James 6 b. 30 April 1772 ; bp, 3 May 1772, First Ch. 

In 1759 Joseph 5 received from his fath- 
er's estate (including dower) one-half di-/ 7 / 





acre of the homelot, south side, with the //" 
blacksmith's shop, and one acre 30 rods 
of the homelot, with the house and half of the barn ; he purchased 
of his sister Elizabeth the rest of the homelot (i acre) May 1761. 
He inherited also one-half of the Davis lot, one acre, with house 
and barn, 4^ acres on Ox Hill, 2^ acres in " Plainfield," 12^ acres 
in ye Mill Lane pasture, " The Whole Right in y e 8? Division," 
etc.; total value ^1691.8. His residence was at the southwest 
corner of College and Wall streets. 

He was engaged in commerce and in local trade, and was a 
prominent business-man. Mrs. Wheeler states that his store was 
at the head of Long Wharf. She adds that he used to ride a little 
horse down to Long Wharf — his feet almost touching the ground. 
The first record respecting his commercial relations is dated 1 
August 1763 : he purchased of Hannah Austin a warehouse "near 
the waterside," with the land, — which she had from her mother's 
estate. In Sept. 1767 " twelve rods of Land on the East side of the 
[Long] wharff " which had been granted to Daniel Lyman, was 
wanted for " a Publick Pump for the use of Traders at Sea : " 
Joseph' was one of three to act for The Proprietors. The pump 
was presently established. 

" Capt. Joseph Munson " obtained 18 Oct. 1769 the right of 
building a wharf " upon the Easterly side of the old wharf ; " a 
committee judged that it would be " a publick Benefit." " Ye 
Northerly end of s d flats . is to be fifty feet Southward from 
Hez~ Sabinss Dike." The grant was forty-six feet wide at the 
beginning ; " when it Comes against The end of the present 
wharf, to be 60 feet wide, and to be 100 feet North Eastward from 
the end of s d wharf ; from thence to Continue 60 feet wide to the 
Channel, to run in a parallel Line with y e grant made to the pro- 
prietors of s d wharf " 27 Dec. 1731. There was an agreement with 
the authorities dated 22 April 1771, that if Munson should build 
the " Length of Long Wharf" within ten years, and "in a Reason- 

6So The Munson Record. 

able Time Carry on the wharf to the Channel," he should hold the 
entire grant. If he neglects to carry it to the Channel within a 
reasonable time, he shall have no claim except to what he hath 
built upon. Still, if he shall build the length of Long Wharf in 
ten years twenty feet wide, he shall suffer people to pass upon the 
west side of his wharf " and fasten Scows and Canoes to it in the 
same manner that ye old wharf is used," and the remainder of the 
grant eastward of what he hath built upon shall be his property. 
The inventory of Joseph's estate in 1793 included " A Wharf East 
of Long Wharf £60." 

Later, Capt. Joseph appears to have had an interest in Long 
Wharf. The feeble beginning of this structure was dated 1663. 
April 30, 17 1 7 six men including Sergt. Theophilus 3 Munson 
applied for a grant for a wharf, which should cover the grant of 
1663, should be eight rods wide, and should extend to the Channel. 
There was a vote in 1770 to build a pier at the Channel. There 
was still an interval of nearly a third of a mile between the wharf 
and the pier. A history of Long Wharf published by the New 
Haven Historical Society, states that "in 1782 things were looking 
badly for the Wharf." July S, J. Rice made an offer to collect the 
wharfage for the current year, gratis ; J. Howell made the same 
offer for the next year, M. Todd for the third year, " and Capt. 
Joseph Munson for the fourth year." It may be noticed that 
Joseph 8 was a grandson of Sergt. Theophilus 3 . 

Noah Barber in 1796 bought of Joseph's administrator "a 
Certain piece of Land wharf or flatts Situate in s d Town on y e 
west side of union wharf [/. e., Long Wharf] where s? Dec 1 ! old 
Store* stood," 19 rods, bounded E. on s? wharf, S. on land or 
wharf of E. Shipman, W. on y e flatts, and N. on land of John 
Clark. In June 1790 Joseph mortgaged to Ab ra Bradley "my 
Dwelling house and Store together with v e Land where the house 
Stands near y e water side," — bounded W. on Fleet Street, N. on 
Mary Sloan, E. on highway, and S. on y e Dike and land of Perrit 
and Sanford. In Dec. 1792 he mortgaged to Bradley and Huggins 
" a new Store with the land . . standing near the Long wharf" 
— bounded W. on Fleet Street, N. "on land and Store formerly 
belonging to John Prout Esq^," and S. on land and Store occupied 
by Job Perit. When this property — "a certain house and store" — 
was quitclaimed to Bradley and Huggins in May 1796, it was 
decribed as " near the head of long wharf," and as having been 
"formerly occupied by our hon d father Joseph Munson." 

' Inventory 1793—" 1 old Store & Wharf west side of Long Wharf /So.' 

Clan Israel': Joseph 1 . 68 1 

April 1775. — "Upon the memorial of Joseph 5 Munson of New 
Haven, praying for permission to transport in the Sea-Flower to 
the West India Islands twenty-six head of cattle by him purchased 
for that purpose before laying the embargo of this Assembly : 
Resolved that the said Munson have liberty," etc. I quote from 
the note-book of R. H. Greene, Esq.: "Joseph Munson of New 
Haven and Jacob Webb of Wethersfield April 3, 1775 had leave 
from the General Assembly to export to the West Indies 46 cattle 
and 86 barrels of pork which had been purchased before the 

Joseph 6 was proprietor of a gristmill at Westville eighteen 
years. In Feb. 1768 he bought eighteen acres with a cornmill and 
the other buildings, of Joseph Mix, who was living on the place 
then and in Jan. 1775. In April 1775 he conveyed to Thomas 
Green and five other New-Haveners the right "to flow any part of 
my Land on the west River below my mill for y c purpose of a 
paper mill," etc. The next year the first paper mill in the town 
was erected by David Bunce. When Joseph sold Elijah Thomp- 
son fifteen acres with the mill and other buildings 15 April 1786, 
the estate was bounded South on Derby Road, North on the north 
side of the river, W. on the highway, and S. on Lemuel Hotchkiss. 

Joseph's transactions in real-estate were quite too numerous for 
mention in detail. He made more than eighty purchases, say, 475 
acres, between 1759 and 1791. In fourteen years he bought thir- 
teen tracts, 52^ acres, in " Plainfield " (this was the region about 
Munson Street); "in the beaver hills," six pieces, 17! acres; "in 
the beaver ponds," 9th Div., seven pieces, four of which had 5^ 
acres ; six purchases in " Mill meadows," four embracing 14^ 
acres ; three " in the Little Neck," 10 acres ; two " in the Great 
Neck," 17 acres; two pieces of meadow "Near y e Neck Bridge," 
1762-1765 ; two in Yorkshire Quarter, 3^ acres ; 15! acres 8th Div. 
on West Rock; 5 acres in 1784 bounded East on "the Long 
Lain* so Called ; " four tracts, 63^ acres, bounded West on a 

* Previously to 1S01-2, all travel from Farmington and intermediate towns came into the city 
through Long Lane or Cheshire Road, by the Ditch Corner. This Old Cheshire Road, formerly 
six rods wide, ran along the east side of Beaver Pond, and was known as Beaver St. in 1S05 : that 
part which extended northward from Munson St. is now Dixwell Av. or The Boulevard j the 
part which extended southward from Munson St. to Munson Park, or Ditch Corner, or Gofte 
St., was still known as Beaver St. in 1867, but is now a part of Orchard St. Munson Park la 
triangle comprising .59 of an acre) was formerly an apple-tree orchard, and belonged to Dr. Alfred 
S. Munson. A map published in 1877 calls it Beaver Park. 

The Beaver Pond tract, at the northerly end of Munson Park, abounded with ditches, and was 
known as Ditch Corner. During the Invasion of New Haven in 1779, the principal battle was at 
Ditch Corner, where the British who had entered the town by Thompson's Bridge (at Westville) 
encountered the militia who were hastening down from the north. The invaders continued their 
march via Goffe street and Broadway. 

682 The Munson Record. 

"highway called the Mill Lane."* In June 1767, he and his 
brother Israel, with seven others, deeded a strip two rods wide for 
a highway through the meadows "across y e Great Island" — 
between bridges that have been built across "y e East River" and 
"the Little River"; and Nov. 1782 he conveyed to the selectmen 
his right in a piece " near the Long bridge at the Landing tree so 
Called," — which was for a highway "at the west end of s d 

The account-book of Major William Munson has — 
" Capt. Joseph Munson Dr. 
1784 July 30 To 6"' 11 oz Loaf Sugar 1/7 io s :8 

To 2 qts rum 2/3 To 1 Vinegar 1/3 To wineglass 8 d 

Aug. 14 To 1 quart wine 1/8 To 1 Nutmeg 5 d 
Aug. 21 To \\ lb Loaf Sugar 1/6 To 3^ yr Linnen 5^= 17:8" 

We may here mention the tradition that Joseph made the best 
punch which was known in New Haven ; it is observed explana- 
torily, that he mixed it with his hands. 

This Munson was chosen " Key Keeper of the pound which his 
father built " in 1756, and from 1758 to 1792 he was continuously 
elected to the same office. One year he was collector of the town 
rate, and another was a grand-juryman. Five years he was a high- 
way surveyor, a lister in 1758, and a selectman in 1781 and 1782. 
In Sept. 1769 Joseph was one of five appointed to consider the 
request for liberty to set another house of worship on the Market 
Place. In Dec. 1777 he was chosen member of a committee "to 
take Care to Prosecute" every " person whatsoever " who shall 
" Catch any oysters in the Harbour or Cove of this Town in the 
months of May June July August and Sep[ Annually, Saving on 
the monday and Tuesday before the Publick Commencement, nor 
with a Drag at any Time in the year ;" and shells might not be 
carried away to the shore. 

Joseph was conspicuous among the New-Haveners who as civil- 
ians promoted the Revolutionary cause. A legal meeting held 
May 23, 1774 made this declaration : " We will cooperate with our 
Sister Towns in this and the other Colonies in any Constitutional 
Measures that maybe thought most Conducive to the preservation 
of our invaluable rights and priviledges." A Committee of Corre- 
spondence was appointed, to wit, a " Standing Committee for the 

* Practically, Orange Street represents Mill Lane. While at Grove Street, Mill Lane may- 
have been a little farther eastward, at Humphrey Street, the continuation of Orange Street was laid 
in Feb. 1834 " at the centre of a passway formerly called Mill lane, from thence running through 
said passway," etc. 

t Now known as Lewis Bridge, on the Middletown road. 

Clan Israel*: Joseph*. 683 

Salutary purpose of Keeping up a Correspondence with Towns of 
this and y e neighboring colonies." This important committee 
included Capt. Joseph Munson, Daniel Lyman, Esq., Pierpont 
Edwards, Esq., and others. (Joseph 5 was entitled Captain as 
early as 1769.) 

A legal meeting Oct. 18, 1774 at the Brick Meeting-house: 
" Voted that it is the opinion of this Town that a Subscription be 
sett on foot for the relief of the inhabitants of the Town of Boston 
that are now Suffering in the Common cause of american Free- 
dom ; and that Mess" Joseph Munson [and 20 others] be a Com- 
mittee to Receive in Subscriptions and transmit what may be Col- 
lected to the Selectmen of the Town of Boston." Roger Sherman, 
Esq., was moderator of a meeting Nov. 14, 1774, when "a com- 
mittee," including Joseph Munson and Giles Pierpoint, was chosen 
"for the purpose mentioned in the 11 th Article in y e association 
Entered into by the Late Continental Congress held at Philadel- 
phia." This committee was called "A Committee of inspection " 
20 Dec. 1774, when other names were added making fifty-one in 

Dec. 11, 1775 he was made a member of the committee to con- 
sider the best method to procure powder and arms for the use of 
the town. 

The committee of nine "to examine into the reasons of the con- 
duct of those persons who Continued in Town at the Time s d Town 
was in the possession of the Enemy," reported 16 Aug. 1779 : 
thirty-seven persons including Stephen', Theophilus* and Joseph 
Munson waited on the committee, and gave reasons for tarrying in 
Town, "which Reasons appear to the Committee Sufficient to 
Justify their Conduct.*" 

At a meeting Jan. 8, 1781 it was voted that Cap! Joseph Munson 
and two others be a committee " to procure the provisions for the 
Soldiers families in this Town for the future in the room of the 

♦The reasons of five persons, including Nathan and Jared Mansfield, appeared to the com- 
mittee " intirely Insufficient to Justify them for putting themselves in the power and under the 
protection of the Enemies of the united States of America ; " thirty-two persons including Leverett 
Hubbard, and L. Hubbard, Jr., Wm. Lyon, Stephen Trowbridge, Jeremiah Atwater, John Whit- 
ing, Wm. Mansfield, Jeremiah Townsend, jr., and Thos. Howell, gave reasons which "do not 
appear to the Com." fully Sufficient to Justify their Conduct in tarrying in Town at s>J Time,"— 
but the alarm was sudden, the time too short to remove families and effects, many aided to repel the 
enemy, most of them are good members of the community, so that this group are recommended to 
the good will of the inhabitants ; six who were notified have failed to appear ; sixteen including 
Wm. Hrintnall and Samuel Tuttle were in town when the enemy took possession, but were either 
taken off by the enemy, or have since moved out, or have otherwise been out of the way. and have 
not been notified. The investigators are to wait on Jared Ingersoll and know the reasons why he 
entertained the prisoners who were lately in this town. It was the duty of the inhabitants, accord- 
ing to this committee, to oppose the enemy and defend the town. 

684 The Munson Record. 

The estate of Capt. Joseph Munson was valued at ^1406 ; after 
deductions, including ^34 due Doctor Eneas Munson, there 
remained ,£582. Some items from the inventory : 1 16 part of 
Sloop Catherine ^251 old Scow jQ6 12^2 acres ner the Powder 
Mills* ^66.5 2 acres on Neck Hillf £2 7 acres at Poverty! £*4 4 
acres in \Vestfield§ £4 5 acres in the Beaver Ponds ^1.5 5 acres 
adjoining the Beaver Ponds -£7. 10 one right of land in Tinmouth, 
Vt. Among sales of his estate were three acres salt meadow 
bounded easterly on Neck Rock, and westerly and northerly on 
Neck River ; two acres in Little Neck, bounded W. on the Neck 
River : 5 acres bounded westerly on Beaver Pond lots and E. on 
Cheshire Road ; 8 acres on West Rock, bounded westerly by sum- 
mit of ye Rock. 

I3F" 'Squire Elisha 8 , according to a ^f /? /^ y# 
manuscript Obituary Record of Graduates (P^^ <W&+ri4<><n 
of Yak College, " on leaving College, was for sometime engaged in 
mercantile concerns." It is further observed that he "was exten- 
sively employed in concerns relating to real and personal pro- 
perty." The author has memoranda of 115 purchases of real- 
estate by E. besides 51 mortgages which he received ; of 164 sales of 
real-estate belonging to himself, 23 of property belonging to others, 
and 72 lots in Grove Street cemetery. Among these properties 
were 4 acres " at a place called Westfield or Greenfield ; "|| land 
bounded E. "on Middletown Turnpike road or Neck Lane;" 60 
rods at the foot of East Rock beginning at "the s. w. cor. of the 
Scow-Place by the Mill River"; land situated "near the Canal 
lock N. of the Burying ground"; "a Ledge bank in the Mill 
River a little Southerly of the Rock bridge ; " ^ acre on Pine 
Rock, 9th Div.; 6 acres in " Plainfield " bounded south on Munson 
Street, 1837 ; land "near the rope walk in the oyster point quarter," 
1S16 ; 78 rods at Beaver Ponds bounded W. by old Cheshire road, 
the point of beginning at 2nd Canal lock, N. of Joseph Munson's 

Elisha was chosen a key-keeper annually 1793-1799 : was chosen 
a grand-juryman 1797, 1799; overseer of the poor 1804 ; "lister" 
1796, "Assessor" 1819, 1821. He was elected town clerk Dec. 14, 
1801 and served continuously until 1832, when he resigned; he 

* N. of Grove Street Cem., region of Prospect St., says Mrs. W.; possibly not. Stiles's Map 
illustrating the British Invasion. 1779. locates a powder-mill on the West River, south of West 

+ East Rock. 

t Broadway used to be called Poverty Square. 

§ West side of West River, partly at least in Orange. 
In Orange. 

Clan Israel*: Elisha'. 685 

was elected city clerk in 1805 and held the office until his death. 
He was appointed with David Dagget and two others in 1803 to 
investigate the claim of the town to a certain piece of land ; was 
first member of a committee to inquire respecting the fence around 
the old Burying Ground in 1815 ;* and was elected with others to 
perambulate the line between New Haven and Woodbridge in 

William 6 Munson's account-books charge Elisha 6 in 1784, '85, 
with z\ yr. Corduroy, 1 stick Twist, 1 quart Wine, 4 lb. Loaf 
Sugar, Yi lb. Raisins, 1 handkerchief, 2 Knives, 2 combs, and 1 

Elisha received from his father's estate the south part of the 
homelot having front on College St. of 4+ rods and bounded north 
on his brother James. The inventory of his estate has twenty- 
seven items, including dwellinghouse occupied by deceased $1400, 
3 / 5 of lot S. cor. College and Wall Sts., 50 feet front, $900, lot N. 
cor. College and Wall, 36 feet front, $900, house occupied by 
Amos Munson, 133 feet front, $950, house occupied by Wm. G. 
Munson, 166 feet front, $1100, \ part of store occupied by D. 
Trowbridge in Munson Row, $275 ; the total was $10,224. Among 
the items of personal property were 12 shares New Haven Bank 
stock $1200, 6 shares City Bank stock $552, 1 share Union Wharf 
stock $300 ; the total was $19,135. The estate was divided by Will 
among 11 nephews and nieces, though his surviving sister Esther 
had a life use of one-third of it. There was however a legacy of 
$100 to each of the following : — Am. Bible Soc, A. B. C. F. M., 
Am. Tract Soc, Conn. Missionary Soc, Conn. Education Soc, 
and the Female Orphan Asylum of New Haven. 

Elisha was always entitled 'Squire. He was a bachelor and made 
a home with his five maiden sisters, at the S. W. corner of College 
and Wall streets. Their home and James's were burned 27 Jan. 1836 
after which Elisha and the sisters lived a little south at 48 College 
St. The 'Squire was "a smallish, thinnish man," light-complex- 
ioned and blue-eyed. f Although his uncle, the Major, was larger 
and taller, the two were mistaken for each other, and again were 
taken for brothers. One says that Elisha was a calm, quiet sort 
of man, had excellent judgment, was accommodating and rather 
friendly ; Mrs. W. and Mrs. G. that he was moderate, affable, 
genial, social, — "he always came home with us when we went up 

* On The Green. 

tThe Morning Journal and Courier of Sept. i, 1866 gave a list of the " respectably dressed 
New Haveners forty years ago," 550 in a population of 8000. Among them (i. <r„ those " who 
dressed like gentlemen at all times") were the following Munsons: Eneas 5 , sen., William 5 , 
Eneas', jr., Elijah*. George, 8 Elihu', Elisha", Alfred S.', Charles 7 and Lucius'. 

686 The Munson Record. 

there." In his last illness, he called for his cousin Mrs. Wheeler : 
" I want to give you my blessing," he said. The evening before 
he died, at sunset, he asked to be bolstered up that he might look 
out upon the world once more ; it would be the last time, he said. 
Though not a church-member, acquaintances supposed him to be ; 
" he was a good man." He owned half a pew in the North Church, 
and had a pecuniary interest in two other churches. On his monu- 
ment we read : " Elisha Munson During a long life faithfully dis- 
charged many Public and Private Trusts and died in hope." 


Esther 6 (Israel 1 ) /'. n Feb. 173^; m. 3 April 1753 Stephen son 
of James Peck, bp. 7 June 1730 ; she d. 13 Nov. 1760. Res. George 
St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children, rec. in New Haven.: 
i. Esther 6 l>. 1 July 1753; m. Nathan Oaks; res. George St., New 
Haven ; had a dau. Mrs. Julia 1 Huggins, who has a son James 
H. 8 in Meriden, Conn, 
ii. Henry 6 (•■ 20 Aug. 1755 ; res. on his father's estate ; had a son Capt. 
Elisha' of U. S. Navy, who m. Grace B., and d. in 1S66, — his 
widow res. on Wooster St. 
iii. Elisha 6 b. n Oct. 1757. 
iv. John 6 b. 12 Dec. 1759. 

Esther 6 received from her father's estate 1^6 acres "near Shep- 
herd's brook," 10 acres on the " E. side y e west Rock, Cheshire," 


Israel 5 (Israel 4 ) bp. 9 Oct. 1737; m. 11 April 1765 Anna Gris- 
wold of New Haven ; he d. 27 Dec. 1806 ; she d. 3 Dec. 1809. 
Blacksmith ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Israel 6 b. 3 Feb. 1767 ; unra. ; he d. 2 Feb. 1844 ; grad. Yale Coll. 
1787; physician, merchant; Unit.; res. Boston, Ms. $WSee 
iyj. ii. Isaac 6 b. 5 April 1771. 

738. iii. Anna 6 b, abt. 1773. 

739. iv. Lois 6 b. abt. 17S5. 

Israel's home was on the northeast corner of College and Wall 
streets, and directly north of the house was his blacksmith's shop. 
The aged Mrs. Wheeler remarks ^ _ ^ 

— " How many times mother has !^^-f^?~-ct^o<^ SfCct'frf' V*-\^_ 
dressed up Richard and me ^ 

Clan Israel': Israel". 687 

Saturday afternoons to go up to Uncle Israel Munson's ! " She 
remembers looking in through the window of her uncle's shop and 
seeing the sparks fly : she was so young that she cannot remem- 
ber his looks. 

From his father he inherited seven pieces of land, one being 
"the Half of Daviss? lott, the South Side with the Pound, ^275 ". 
To i\ acres in "Plainfield" which he inherited, he added bv pur- 
chase 11 acres. He and his mother-in-law Hannah Russel 
("formerly Hannah Griswold") bought of Samuel Griswold in 
1786 his dwelling-house and homelot, where he was living, 
" bounded N. on the new highway Lately laid out Called Crown 
Street." Among nine sales of land was one to T. Punderson in 
1796 — 10 acres in Yorkshire Quarter, bounded N. on country road, 
S. on highway, E. on heirs of Stephen Peck (his brother-in-law), 
and W. "on Land of my Sister Gilbert ; " and one in 1804 to Isaac" 
— \ acre, bounded northerly by Grove street, " opposite to the 
New Burying Ground." 

Wall Street was laid out by the City from State Street to Col- 
lege Street in June 1787 ; it was partly on his land, or bounded by 
his land. Dixwell Avenue was laid out "from Broadway [Peter 
Johnson's] to Cheshire road or the long lane so called" ; the last 
part of its course was through Israel's land. 

William Munson's account-book : Israel 5 Dr. — Sept. 4 1771 
Hay At West River 6. Nov. 19 1772 1 gallon Rum 3. 6. Jan 13 1773 
1 qt. Gin 2. April 8 1773 1 qt. Wine 10. Aug. 10 1774 1 gallon 
Rum 4. Cr. — Stone, brick, lime, gice. 

Israel 6 was chosen tythingman in 1768, key-keeper in 1782, and 
was elected sealer of weights and measures at least sixteen years. 
I quote from the Colonial Records for March 1775 : "This Assem- 
bly do establish Israel' Munson to be Lieutenant of the fifth com- 
pany or trainband in the second regiment in this Colony." 

To him was granted " a right in Connecticut reserve Land . . 
on a Loss of jQ which he sustained by British depredation " (1779). 

Israel's estate, netting $5,175, was distributed equally among 
Isaac", Lois" and the heirs of Anna 6 . Their brother Israel 8 declined 
to participate. Lois and Anna's children shared the house. Mrs. 
Anna Munson was admitted to the North Church in April 1767. 
On Israelis gravestone is inscribed the following : 

" His blameless life proclaim'd the grace 
That rais'd him to the realms of peace." 

B3P" Israel", "after graduating," says the Yale Obituary Record, 
" devoted himself to the medical profession, and was for a short 

6S 8 The Munson Record. 

time a practising physician. He soon, however, established him- 
self in mercantile business in 

Boston, where he resided for /7 y jf „ . /7^ 

more than half a century. Few *^ ,r <- S 

men have passed through so long 

a period of active business with so unblemished a reputation. He 
was a distinguished benefactor of humane and literary institu- 

Being a bachelor, his residence in Boston was at the Tremont 
House. His partner was Charles Barnard. One of his places of 
business, as in 1800 and 1809, was Long Wharf, No. 5 ; other 
places, apparently, were 46 State Street, 17 Central Wharf and 43 
Commercial Wharf. Sample of business : Not far from 1830, 
Munson and Barnard contracted with Charles Whiting of Hart- 
ford to furnish some $10,000 for the purchase of about 100,000 
pounds of hides, a part of which were to be sold in Hartford and 
a part to be turned into sole leather by Edmund Hubbard of 
Chester, Ms.; etc. 

Helen E. Munson informs me that after Israel had been engaged 
in mercantile pursuits for a while, he failed, owing $10,000. He 
thereupon went to New Haven ; but his creditors induced him 
to return to Boston and continue the business. He did so and in 
two years paid all his debts. He was afterwards very successful 
and accumulated a large fortune, for those days. 

His Will makes specific legacies to individuals amounting to 
$12,500; he bequeathed $70,000 to institutions, — to Harvard Col- 
lege $15,000, The Massachusetts General Hospital $20,000, Yale 
College $15,000 (establishing the Munson Professorship of 
Natural Philosophy and Astronomy), Medical Department of 
Yale $5,000, Retreat for the Insane at Hartford $5,000, New Eng- 
land Asylum for the Blind $4,000, Boston Asylum for Indigent 
Boj's $3,000, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary $3,000 ; and he 
bequeathed the residue of his estate to the eight children of his 
brother Isaac, the two children of his sister Anna, and the two 
children of his sister Lois, — a twelfth part to each. The estate 
aggregated, in Sept. 1846, $581,676. 

We have seen that Israel relinquished to Isaac, Lois and Anna's 
children, his right in his father's estate. He also relinquished to 
Isaac and Lois his right to real-estate of his mother. A farm of 
250 acres in Wallingford, Vt., which he purchased 9 Nov. 1814, 
was presented to Isaac in Feb. 1823. Israel sold Isaac in 1825 
about thirty rods of land, bounded E. on College street, N. on 
Grove, and W. and S. on Isaac's land. 



Clan Israel*: William". 689 

When Israel" spent time in Wallingford, Vt, as he often did, he 
had a home with his brother, and afterwards with Mrs. Hill. 
Town-Clerk Townsend describes him as white-haired, well- 
dressed, gentlemanly and sprightly. He used to ride about town 
on horseback, and knew everybody. He used to speak to us boys 
on the street, said Mr. T.; he has spoken to me about my ball or 
hoop. To get a nod from him was a great pleasure. This official 
added that citizens used to say, — If such a fortune was to come to 
the town, they would rather it should be to the Munsons than to 
any others ; they were good, nice people, and would not use their 
money to the disadvantage of others. 

Treasurer Farnam of Yale College informs me that "the legacv 
of Israel Munson in 1844, amounting to $20,000, was the largest 
bequest that Yale College had received at that time." Helen E. 
Munson states that her great-uncle Israel 8 practiced medicine six 
years. He was buried in " Mount Auburn." 

William 8 (Israel 4 ) b. 20 May 1747 ; m. 8 May 1770 Martha dau. 
of John Hall, b. 25 April 1749 ; 9 ch.; she d. 10 April 1806 ; m. 
(2nd) 18 Oct. 1807 Elizabeth Little, ne'e Collis 18 Oct. 1769 in 
Gloucester, Ms.; 3 ch.; she d. 16 Feb. 1824 ; m. (3d) (by Rev. Sam 1 
Merwin) 1 May 1825 Mary Groves ; no ch.; she d. 15 March 1835* 
at her half-sister's, Mrs. Joseph Munson's, in Plainfield ; he d. 26 
Feb. 1826. Soldier, merchant, surveyor of customs ; res. New 
Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Richard Hall 6 b. 16 Jan. 1771 ; d. 23 July 1773 (of " canker"). 

ii. William 6 b. 26 July 1772 ; d. 1 April 1781, a. 8 y. 8 m., of small-pox, 
at Fishkill, N. Y. "This young gentleman," says British Inva- 
sion of New Haven, " left New Haven with his father, as an officer 
(perhaps clerk) on half pay, dressed in a full suit of Continental. 
His father's desire was to educate him for the Army. The youth 
having been suddenly taken ill, breathed his last in Gen. Hazen's 
arms, just as his father was returning from a short absence. The 
lad was exceedingly promising and became the pet of the Army." 
His body was interred near the west end of the old Dutch church. 
Mrs. Wheeler remarks — " I have heard mother speak of ' Parson 
Whittlesey'; he came and broke the news when little Billy 

iii. Martha 6 b. 26 June 1774 ; bp, 7 July 17S2 at First Ch.; m. 3 June 
1797 William Boyer ; she d. 7 April 1820 in N. Y. C.J bur. under 
Zion Church, Mott St.; res. New York City; W. B. was a 
Frenchman who came away from France for some political 

* Inventory included J acre " in Hamden at Cohanzy." (Another spelling — Quahansey.) 

690 The Munson Record. 

reason. The father of Rev. Dr. Peloubet, of Sunday-school 
fame, came at the same time for the same reason. Boyer's occu- 
pation was preparing kid skins, — afterward had a millinery shop 
in Pearl Street ; 2 ch. — (1) William' 1 , was preparing to be an actor 
when he died, was in New Haven in 1826, (2) Susan 1 , d. of con- 
sumption, a. 19. 
iv. Margaret 6 /'. 4 March 1778; bp. 7 July 1782 at First Ch.; unm.; d. 
Sat. 25 May 1811 at home; she was "of New Haven" in Jan. 
1810 when she quitclaimed her right to property inherited from 
her mother, 
v. John 6 b. 16 May 1780 ; bp. 7 July 1782 at First Ch.; m.; no ch.; d. 
28 April 1S12 of consumption ; printer ; res. Norwich, Ct., N. Y. 
C, (d. at his father's.) Being "of New York" in November 
1S09, he gave a quitclaim similar to Margaret's. 

740. vi. Harriet 6 i. 4 Jan. 17S4 ; bp. 11 April 1784 at First Ch. 

vii. William 6 b. 21 Jan. 1787 ; bp. 18 March 1787 at First Ch.; m. Gytly 

, a widow ; he d. 2 Aug. 1859 at Sandy Creek, N. Y.; tailor ; 

res. Catskill, Cairo, Sandy Creek, N. Y. While living at home 
he learned the trade of tailor (which he never worked at much), 
then went to sea, then migrated to N. Y. S. where he did farm- 
work. To his father in March 1809 he conveyed his right 
(inherited from his mother) in the homestead. He was " late of 
Catskill" 3 April 1S29 when he conveyed to Grace Wheeler his 
right in the Collis place, bounded W. on Union St.; next day 
being "of Cairo" he conveyed to Dr. Charles Hooker his right 
(J) in the old home, price, §680. In Sept. 1S37, being in Cairo, 
he was " about to remove to Oneida Co.;" he owned 30 acres of 
viii. Richard Hall 6 b. 12 July 1789 ; bp. 28 March 1790 at First Ch.; lost 
at sea 1816, a. 27. His sister Grace 6 said — " Richard was a good 
boy ; he and I always agreed." Bill 6 was more inclined to tease. 
She relates that after the little fellow came home from the First 
Ch. one Sunday, his mother asked him where the text was. He 
replied innocently that it was on the pegs where the men hung 
their hats. " There were pegs on the east wall under the gallery 
where the men hung their hats, when I was a little girl." Richard 
became clerk in a store ; but at length, finding the home made by 
his stepmother deficient in pleasantness, he went before the mast ; 
on a voyage between the port whence he sailed and Porto Rico, 
his vessel was lost with all on board — was never heard from. 

741. ix. Grace 6 b. 14 Aug. 1792 ; bp. 18 Nov. 1792 at First Ch. 

x. Alexander Little 6 b. Wed. 20 July 1808 ; bp. 2 Oct. 180S at Trinity 
Ch.; unm.; d. 27 March 1S37, — "intemperance"; Custom-house 
inspector ; res. New Haven ; he was named after his mother's 
first husband ; in 1S30 he mortgaged -jV of the house and lot and 
barn "which was the property of my Grandfather Daniel Collis, 
bounded W. on Union St." In 1S29 he had sold Dr. Hooker for 
$690 the right which he had inherited in his father's place. He 
was chosen tythingman in Nov. 1832. He was clerk in a store ; 
but he is named as inspector by the " Blue Book " for 1833, an 
office which he held at death. 


Clan Israel*: William''. 691 

xi. Daniel Collis 6 /'. Monday 28 May 1810 ; d. Nov. 1825 at St. Pierre, 

Island of Martinique, a. 15 ; (he had made his first voyage.) 
xii. George Hotchkiss 6 b, Sunday 7 Jan. 1816 ; " bapt. by Rev. Harry 
Croswell Sunday May 5, 1816 in the new Trinity Stone church"; 
unm.; d. 16 Sept. 1861 in N. Y. C; bookbinder ; res. New York. 
His interest in the home place was sold to Charles Hooker in 
1829 for $692. G. H. 6 became somewhat dissipated. 

William 1 ' received from 
his father's estate ^845. 
including i£ acres 17 roc 
" in ye Homestead called 
Heaton Lot" and half the Barn, ,£450, and 5)4 acres "in y° west 
River pasture," ^135 . 18. I have memoranda of over fifty instru- 
ments of conveyance, quitclaim and mortgage, in which William 
was concerned. For example: he and his wife in 1771 joined 
Mary and Abigail Hall in conveying to the selectmen a part of 
"the homelot of our Hon rd father John Hall Dec d ". In 1784 he 
purchased of Joseph 5 9% rods "in the Creek so Called ", bounded 
E. on a Slip 14 feet wide (for boats). In 1791 he sold James 
Hillhouse 1^ acres bounded east on College street, S. on Joseph's 
heirs, N. partly on Israel 8 ; this was transferred to Isaac" in 1797. 
In 1792 he mortgaged his homestead, % acre, to Pierpont Edwards, 
who assigned the mortgage in 1794 to Aaron Burr of N. Y. C. 
He bought, in 1799, X A °f tne right of Daniel Mansfield in a wharf 
and store situate on the bank opposite the homestead of the late 
Sheriff Mansfield in Water Street. William Munson and others 
in Aug. 1788 recovered judgment in reference to one acre, "being 
land sold by Samuel Mansfield late of sd New Haven Dec? to 
Benedict Arnold and where s d Arnold Built his Dwelling house, 
and is bounded S. on highway, or Water St., W. partly on land 
formerly owned by s d Ben' Arnold and forfeited to this State," etc. 

Williams's guardian during his minority was his brother Joseph 1 '. 
Later, according to his account-book, he received from Joseph each 
month £2 : 10 s "for Tending Shop" and £1 . 10 for board ; this 
engagement began as early as May 1768 and continued until May 
i, 1775. After the War, in 17S4 he had a store, and carried on the 
business until Oct. 22, 17S9, when he rented the place to Bacon 
and Tomlinson. Indeed his accounts show that before the War, 
1771-1774, while he was yet a clerk, he was selling some goods 
for himself. 

William's account-books contain an obscure and indecisive 
intimation that he was connected with a military company in 177 1. 
He began his career as a soldier in 1775, how early does not appear. 
He may, or may not, have been among those thirteen hundred 

692 The Munson Record. 

men who set out from Cambridge under the command of Arnold 
in Sept. 1775 to invade Canada by way of the Kennebec and the 
Maine woods. "It is hard," says an historian, "to conceive the 
hardships which these men endured. Their way was through 
tangled thickets and over pathless mountains. Worn out, cold, 
sick, and disheartened, they still pressed forward. The last ox 
was killed and eaten, — the last dog was taken for food ; and their 
only resource against starvation was roots and moose-skin moc- 
casins. For two days they ate nothing." 

Munson wrote himself Feb. 20, 1823: — "I served as commis- 
sioned officer in the Revolutionary Army from the Year 1775 until 
the Army was discharged in the ) r ear 1783 : . . in the winter 
campaign in Canada from Nov. 1775 until April 1776 in a regi- 
ment raised from the American troops then in Canada, to serve 
five months, under Col. Samuel Elmore ;" then, he says, another 
regiment was raised to serve twelve months under Col. Elmore ; 
when Congress took action to raise an army for three years, or 
during the War, he became captain in a regiment commanded by 
Col., afterwards Brig.-Gen. Moses Hazen, and continued on duty 
till the close of the War. 

Arnold's expedition appeared opposite Quebec Nov. 9th. After 
the arrival of Montgomery's army which had entered Canada by 
way of Lake Champlain, the united forces numbered only nine 
hundred effective men ; yet the siege of Quebec was maintained 
for three weeks in December, and on the last day of that month, 
an assault was attempted in a blinding snowstorm, when Mont- 
gomery was killed. On the 15th of April following, William 
was appointed first-lieutenant. The heroic movement against 
Quebec was not successful. One of the documents in the posses- 
sion of our soldier's family is an account of baggage lost by 
Wm. Munson at the retreat from Quebec in May 1776 : we pre- 
sent it in fac-simile. 

As noticed above, William Munson was appointed 15 April 1776 
first-lieutenant in Capt. Parmalee's Co., Col. Elmore's Regt. 
The retreat from Quebec occurred in May. In July '76 the regi- 
ment took the field under Schuyler, and on Aug. 25 marched from 
Albany into Tryon Co. During the remainder of its term, it was 
posted at Ft. Stanwix and vicinity. It broke up at that point in 
the Spring of '77. 

Munson was commissioned lieutenant of a company in Col. 
Hazen's regiment Jan. 1, 1777 ; he was commissioned captain Jan. 
9, 1777. This regiment was a part of the Continental Army ; "it 
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Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, and at the siege and sur- 
render of Yorktown." Munson's company was enlisted in Connec- 
ticut, largely in New Haven Co. The Captain served to the end 
of the War when he was made Major by brevet. 

"State Papers", New Hampshire, has "A Roull of Cap' \V m 
Munson Company in Col Moses Hazen's Reg' in the Service of 
the United States Sep r 13" 1 1778." The company was scattered : 
the Capt. was "on Command White plains"; a Lieut, "on Fur- 
lough"; another Lieut, "on Com d at Co. Horse"; others "On 
Com d White plains", "on Com d Peeks Kills", "Sick at White 
Plains", "Sick at Yorktown." 

Capt. William was in command at Dobb's Ferry, 22 miles north 
of New York, when Andre was executed six miles north in 1780. 
Dispatch from Boston 18 March 1891 : "The sale of the famous 
Leffingwell collection of autographs was begun to-day. The 
feature of the sale was an interesting letter written by Capt. 
William Munson, dated Sept. 26, 1780, completed Oct. 2, giving 
an account of Arnold's treason and the arrest, trial and execution 
of Maj. Andre. This was sold for $450." We quote from this 
valuable letter : " I have this moment* Returned to my tent from 
the Execution of Major Andre . . . whose Execution was 
postponed from yesterday to this day at 12 o'clock. I Believe 
Never a man Dyed the Ignomineous Death of being hanged, was 
possessed with a Greater Degree of manly fortitude than Major 
Andre. He marched to the place of Execution entirely Undaunted 
to appearance, and with such presence of mind Rare to be Dis- 
covered in the Human race ; in short, he appeared as if he Intended 
Death Should Not Terrify a British Officer. ... I could not 
but Lament that Arnold, who was the Instigator of his Death, was 
not in his Situation." 

An account of supplies furnished by New Haven to the families 
of soldiers, includes (probably in 1780) — To W- Munson 21+ lbs 
beef ^14 . 13 . 10 1 Cent, of pork ^58 .6.8 4 bu. wheat ^70 . 16 
2 lbs. tea ^35.8 1 gallon molasses £1 1 . 14 30 lbs cheese ^29 . 5 
Y2 bu. salt ^29 . 14 1 gallon rum ^23 . 8 2 loads of wood ^35. 

We quote his books : 
"United States Dr. 
" To Subsistence for January Feb. & Mch. 17S0 
To Service as Captain in the Year 1782 ^144: 

" " " " from Jan. 1783 

to the last of Sept. ^108: 

" " fr Oct. 1 to Nov. 3 13: 4 

" Subsistence for Aug., Sept., Oct. to Nov. 3 9: 7:8 

694 The Munson Record. 

1784 July To a ballence Due for Rations Retained 38:13:6 

To my 5 years Pay or Comutation 720: 0:0 

Contra Cr 

1781 Nov. By goods received in Virginie £ 2 °- 

1782 Mch. By the Paymaster Generals Note for 2 months 

pay ^20: 4 

By supplies from the State of Conn. ,£18: 

1783 By pay rec d in notes for Jan. Feb. Mch. & Ap. ^48: 

By one Months pay to the Society of the Cincinnati ^12: 0:0 
By subsistence not allowed 9: 7:8 

1784 July By final Settlement Notes 

for Rations Retained 38:13:6 " 

After the War, according to R. H. Greene, Capt. William was 
voted half pay by Congress. He was a member of the Cincinnati. 
The first time Dr. Harwood, rector of Trinity Church, called upon 
Mrs. Wheeler, as he observed upon the wall a certificate of her 
father's membership in the Society of the Cincinnati, he exclaimed 
— "Ah, you belong to the nobility!" 

One day Captain Powell remarked to Major Munson that he 
was going to the ball that night, and the next day was going to 
write to General Washington for the position of surveyor of 
customs. The Major concluded that he would write an applica- 
tion for the office that night instead of going to the ball, obtained 
the appointment, and retained it thirty-three years — as long as 
he lived. The instrument by which he was appointed to serve 
"during the pleasure of the President of the United States for 
the time being," dated Feb. 20, 1793, was signed by Washington 
as President and by Jefferson as Secretary of State ; for many 
years it has decorated the wall of his daughter Grace. We again 
quote his account-books : 

"Abraham Bishop Esquire Collector Dr. 
"1805 Dec. 31 To Surveyors Quarter Salary j 

" Fees as Inspector of the Revenue 16.28 

" Coasting and Registering Fees 66 

1806 Mch. 31 To Surveyors Quarter Salary 50 

" Fees as Inspector of the Revenue 5.37 

" Coasting Fees 23 

1806 Dec. 31 ... To my Proportion of the Forfeiture 
of Sugar Imported In the Brig Hermoine 
Jesse Pardee Master: 27 of June Last $49S 2 
To my Proportion of Benjamin Fords 

Pennelty 100.00 

181 1 Oct. 2 To my Proportion of Calvin Frisbees 

penelty $600.00 

Clan Israel 1 : William''. 695 

Among other antique treasures in the possession of Mrs. Wheeler 
are some military commissions, a pass for a boats crew, signed by 
Gen. Washington, given on the day Major Andre was executed, 
and a pair of sugar tongs made from the silver contained in Capt. 
Mvinson's epaulettes. 

William 6 erected his house in 1771, consuming 13,000 shingles, 
14,750 bricks, 575 bushels of lime. It was a white, wooden build- 
ing of two stories, and stood on the (N. E.) corner of State and 
Fair streets ; Fair street was the extension of George eastward of 
State, and the extension of State southward of George was then 
Fleet street. On the corner of Fleet and Fair streets stood the 
wood-colored two-story house of John Hall the father of Mrs. 
Munson. William's lot sloped eastward to East Creek, which was 
afterwards converted into the Canal, where now the railroad runs. 
The house was entered from State street by a spacious hall ; at the 
left was the parlor, and at the right, corner State and Fair streets, 
was the Major's office. On the Fair street side of the kitchen were 
two windows ; it was under the easterly one that the famous 
cannon-ball passed. In the garden were pear and plum trees, 
gooseberries, raspberries, currants, and a vegetable department ; 
there was also a profusion of flowers. When Mrs. Wheeler was a 
little girl, her father's garden abounded with tulips and roses. In 
January 1883 the aged Mrs. Bishop of Fair street told me that the 
Major's house was called The Castle, and that it was the hand- 
somest house in town. She used constantly to pass his place, and 
always stopped to enjoy the garden with its beautiful flowers ; the 
garden sloped down to the Creek. The house has been removed* 
and may now be seen at 49 Putnam street. 

At the time of the British Invasion in 1779, the wife of Capt. 
Munson was in Wallingford. Her mother, Mrs. John Hall, who 
lived opposite, corner of Fair and Fleet streets, went over to the 
Munson house to attend to some matter of interest. While on the 
steps, a British officer, espying the string of gold beads which she 
wore, clipped it from her neck with the point of his sword (she 
apprehended he intended to kill her), and took the silver buckles 
from her shoes. An eighteen-pound cannon-ball fired from the 
retreating fleet, passed through Mr. Sabin's house on Union Street, 
pierced the wall of the Major's house, under the sill of the window 
by which his wife usually sat while sewing, struck the back of the 
great fireplace, and fell down. The Major had it replaced and 
secured where it struck. There it remained until the Spring of 
1863. It is now in the museum of the New Haven Historical 

• It had become Oaks's store ; it was sold to Mrs. C. for $2 

696 The Munson Record. 

Society. Mrs. Wheeler remembers how her father used to take 
the tongs and brush the soot from the ball, that visitors might 
see it. 

Mrs. Bishop (just quoted) says she used to sit behind Major 
Munson in Trinity Church ; she remembers that he wore short 
breeches, knee buckles, etc., and describes him as "a fine-looking 
man." " I remember him well ", says Horace Mansfield ; " he was 
a rather large, portly gentleman, and dressed in the fashion of the 
Continental times. I remember distinctly he was scrupulously 
neat, and always displayed a nice ruffled shirt in his bosom." Mrs. 
Wheeler says: "My father liked fine dress. He was a very proud 
man, but he was not a scornful man ; he would treat a poor man 
as well as a gentleman." 

He addressed a letter Dec. 31st, 1812, to "Stephen Wheeler, 
Esquire, Commander of the Gun Boat No. 33 in the service of the 
United States : If it is your wish or Intention to Continue in the 
Navy, you had Better turn your mind to that Business only, and 
Let that Branch be your whole Study. Let me never hear it said 
that Stephen Wheeler proved himself a Coward in time of Danger, 
for that is next to Death itself." 

In the summer of 1790, Washington made a tour in the Eastern 
States. He travelled in great state, says one who remembers, with 
a coach and four, and having a great retinue, all dressed in livery, 
— some as out-riders, others as guards, each side of his coach. He 
arrived on Wednesday, and put up at the stage-house, corner of 
Church and Crown streets, where "he found a good many old 
acquaintances, both civil and military, — among the latter, Cols. 
Jonas Prentice and Hezekiah Sabin, Major William Munson, 
whom he had appointed surveyor of the port, and Col. John 
Sherman, brother of Roger." He stayed a week, and walked out 
every day. Then every street had farmers in it. When the Gen- 
eral saw a cartload of pumpkins in one of their yards, he inquired 
what use they made of them. One replied that rich folks fed them 
to their hogs, but that poor folks made pies of them. " They make 
good pies, let who will make them," was the comment of Wash- 

With reference to President Monroe's visit to New Haven, Major 
Munson wrote, under date of July 25, 1817 : "On Saturday at 11 
o'clock there was about eighteen officers of the Revolution intro- 
duced to the President by General Humphrey, of which I had the 
honor of being the first. ... I was again introduced to him 
by the Mayor of our City as surveyor of the District of New 

Clan Israel*: William". 697 

The History of the Marquis De Lafayette, page 35 1, says : " From 
the hotel the General was conducted to the Green. . . . Gov. 
Wolcott made him welcome to the State in a short and affectionate 
address. The reply was equally affectionate. The introductions 
to him were very numerous, and his recognition of many of his 
old companions in arms, was wonderful. The venerable Colonel 
Tallmadge, of the old army, had rode all night to meet him ; and 
without introduction, was recognized and embraced by him ; so 
also was Major Munson." (Summer of 1S24.) 

Major Munson sent to China by Capt. Green for two two-gallon 
punch-bowls ; one designed for himself ornamented with masonic 
emblems and his initials, W. M.; the other designed for Gen. 
Washington ornamented with military emblems and his initials, 
G. W. Before the precious china could be presented to Wash- 
ington, his death occurred. Soon after, the Major visited the 
General's widow, presented the bowl, and dined with her. Mrs. 
Wheeler remembers that he returned in the night, alarming the 
family with apprehensions of burglary. He brought some lemons 
picked in the garden at Mt. Vernon, which were carefully pre- 
served. There was a notice of this bowl, it is said, in Harper's 
Mag., perhaps between 1865 and '70. Mrs. W. remembers distinctly 
when the Major's own bowl was "christened" by Revolutionary 
officers and custom-house officials ; she and her brothers "peeked 
in to see them." While standing, they drank punch from the 
great bowl, and sang such songs as "Hail Columbia," and 

" Rejoice, Columbia's sons, rejoice ; 
To tyrants never bend the knee." 

These two were sung a great deal in those days, she says. This 
bowl, agreeably to Mrs. Wheeler's request, after her death in 1892 
was presented by her grandson Stephen W. Glenney to " Hiram 
Lodge", of which William Munson was the highest officer at the 
end of the last century and the beginning of the present. 

The Major's inventory included a carpet $18, bookcase $15, many 
books, 2 desks §12, silver spoons $35.63, likeness $55, coat and 
surtout $17. 

It has been said that the nine Hall sisters, of whom Martha 
Munson was one, "were the handsomest girls in New Haven." 
Martha was admitted tothe communion of the First Church (Cong.) 
30 June 1782, and she faithfully attended public worship. Presi- 
dent Dwight, Rev. Mr. Stuart of the " Middle Brick " (First Church), 
Rev. Samuel Merwin of the " North Brick," and Parson Hubbard, 
Episcopalian, visited her during her long illness, and were all in 

698 The Munson Record. 

attendance at her burial. She died " with apparent composure of 
mind, with resignation to the will of God, and hope of a resurrec- 
tion to eternal life." (Epit.) The second wife of William 5 , Eliza- 
beth, was a communicant in Trinity Church. His third wife, 
Mary, was a member of the North Church, to which she was 
admitted in August 1S0S. 

The Major used to go to the First Church until he married his 
second wife ; he and Uncle (Stephen) Trowbridge and Capt. 
(Caleb) Brintnal had a pew together at the west end of the house, 
the south side of the pulpit. Though not in those days a church- 
member, he used every Sunday to teach Richard H. and Grace the 
Catechism, and hear them read in the Bible. He did not allow 
the children to go out in the garden on Sunday. If Grace stepped 
out, she would hear — " Grace, come in ! " He became a communi- 
cant in Trinity Church, Easter, 1816. 

Letter to his daughter, Patty Boyer, July 25, 1817 : 

" You cannot conceive what has been my anxiety of mind on 
the account of his [Richard's] sudden death and leaving the world 
as I fear he did unprepared to meet his God. Those thoughts are 
dreadful. My praver to God is that all living mortals may be 
duly prepared to leave this world, let it be ever so sudden. If we 
are prepared, it is not any matter how soon." 

A letter to Grace Wheeler in 1820, addressed to 108 Pump st.; 
her husband was on the sea : it expresses very devout sentiments : 
"As to our bodies after death, it is of little consequence where 
they are buried. . . They will be found at the resurrection, let 
them be buried where they may.'' 

Mrs. Grace Ann Glenney remembers that Dr. Croswell (Trinity 
Church) and Rev. Mr. Merwin (North Church) together conducted 
the funeral services over the body of her grandfather. This was 
on Saturday. The next day in the forenoon, they all went in a 
carriage to Trinity, where prayers were offered in their behalf ; 
and in the afternoon, thev drove to the North Church, where again 
prayers were offered for them. 


Margaret 6 (Israel 1 ) b. 10 March 17H ; m. 5 July 1770 Benjamin 
Gillett (" Jillett," 1st Ch. Rec). Res. New Haven, Ct., (e.g., 1788, 

Children : 

i. Polly 6 6. abt. 1771 ; bp. "aged 21 " (rec. Trinity Ch.) 14 April 1792 
"at the house of Thomas Green " ; unm. in 1841. 

Clan Israel*: Joseph". 699 

ii. David 6 , m.; publisher of books and a newspaper in New Haven, — 
failed ; went to Boston, where his wife died ; he had d. in 1S41 ; 2 
ch. — (1) Elizabeth 1 , m. Levi Huntington Young of Norwich, had 
Albert H. 8 , 57 Long Wharf, Charles 8 , Episc. Cler., Cornelia 8 , 
Mary 8 , (2) Hannah 7 , unm. 

iii. Sally 6 , m. John A. Derrick; resided in Albany, N. Y.; removed in 
1841 to Waltham, Ms.; had a son John'. Isaac 6 Munson of Wal- 
lingford, Vt., 30 March 1826 released to Sally Derrick 20 rods in 
the New Township, bounded " Northerly on the continuation of 
Chapel St." about 37 feet, Southerly on Grace Wheeler. Isaac 
sold John Derrick, Jun', of New Haven 26 March 1S27 twenty 
rods bounded W. on John Derrick, Sen., N. on Chapel St., and 
S. on Grace (Munson) Wheeler. 

Margaret 6 received from the estate of her father ^848 ; and in 
June 1799 " By her proportion of the Mansfield House and Land 
sold to John Hunt 53 33 ^16." In three instances she joined 
William 1 ' and others in conveying Mansfield property. 

Joseph" (Joseph 6 , Israel 4 ) b. 19 Sept. 1770 ; m. 18 Feb. 1796 
Hannah Higgins ; he d. 2 Dec. 1842 ; she d. 4 Sept. i860 in Cin- 
cinnati. Farmer ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in N. H.: 
i. Lucius 1 b. 15 Dec. 1796; unm.; d. 21 July 1823 in Turk's Island, W. 
I.; he was made an elector in April 1818, and became a member 
of the North Church in October 1820. He was a portrait-painter. 
Specimens of his work, including a picture of himself, are still to 
be seen in New Haven. His uncle Elisha 12 Dec. 1817 presented 
him with one-half of the lot on which stood the store of E. San- 
ford and Co., near the head of Union Wharf; it was bounded 
N. on Water Street or the Dvke, 34 feet, W. on a public high- 
way, 25 feet. His estate included brushes $8.86, palette and 
knives 1.55, stone 1.50, canvas 4.62, paints 20.42, frames n. go, por- 
traits 90.S6, drawings 16.75, prints 66.00, 7 casts and busts 31.00, 
2 watches 18.00, 2 gold rings 1.75 ; total S1043.33. We quote 
Art and Artists in Connecticut : " As a portrait painter he not only 
gave good promise for the future, but had already accomplished 
much. His pictures show good taste, and skill in drawing. He 
was a careful student, and his work was free and bold." 

742. ii. Amos 1 b. 13 March 1799. 

743. iii. William Giles 1 b. 28 Feb. 1S01. 

744. iv. Harvey 1 b. 9 April 1803. 

745. v. Samuel Bishop 1 b. 29 May 1806. 

vi. Joseph 1 b. 1 Sept. 1808 ; m. (by Dr. L. Bacon) 28 May 1837 Wid. 
Salome Hill b. 1 Jan. 1794 in Me.; no ch.; he d. 6 July 1878 ; she 
d. 25 Jan. 1883 ; farmer ; res. New Haven. Salome witnessed the 
"Nullification Proceedings" in Charleston, S. C, where her 

700 The Munson Record. 

home then was. She was received as a member of the North 
Church in Dec. 1846. Joseph resided on Winchester Av., a short 
distance north of the Winchester Arms Co.'s establishment. The 
lands and other properties received from his uncle Elisha's 
estate were valued at S23S3. Among the lands were a piece on 
East Rock 2 chains and 28 links wide extending from Mill River 
to the top of the Rock ; and 8 acres of woodland on West Rock 
bounded Easterly on highway at the foot of the rock and Westerly 
by the top of the Rock or ledges. His Will gave the widow 
$5000 outright, and after her death the residue, divided into 8 
equal parts, was to be given to his brothers and sister or their 
heirs. The estate was valued at $30,525. 
vii. James Higgins 1 b. 3 Oct. 1812 ; unm.; d. 4 March 1892. From 
some aberration he awoke, as it were, in New Orleans, not know- 
ing how he came there. In 1838 he was a resident of Cincinnati. 
He left New Haven in 1833 j " I have not been there since," he 
wrote in Dec. 18S4, "and during the last thirty years I have 
neither seen or spoken to a Munson except my brother and sister 
who came out here on a visit." He led a very secluded life. 
While in the East, he was an engraver ; in San Francisco he was 
a locksmith and saw-filer. From his uncle Elisha's estate he 
received $2383, and from his brother Joseph $3364. 

746. viii. Henry A. 7 b. 13 Sept. 1814. 

747. ix. Mary Ann 1 b. 30 Sept. 1817. 

x. Lewis' b. 2 Feb. 1S21 ; 'Squire Elisha by Will entrusted Samuel B. 7 
with $2383 for the use and benefit of his brother Lewis 7 , the 
income to be paid him annually. "If said Lewis forsake his 
roving habits and settles down as a peaceful and industrious 
inhabitant," S. B. 7 may convey a portion of the estate to him. 
Lewis went off and came back many times. His mode of departure 
was — having tied up a bundle of clothes to pass out through a 
window in the night. He was married, " perhaps in Indiana," 
to some person not known. He was last heard of about the time 
the Mexican War broke out ; he may have entered the army under 
an assumed name. 

The home of Joseph' was at "Plainfield", on Munson street at 
the foot of Ashmun. A conveyance to Theophilus 3 in 17 17 of 
sequestered land in the First Div., is *. 

located "in the field Called Plain- j^t-j-e/^ c^^^^ 
field." " Plainfield road in 1821 was ^ 

on the west side of the Grove St. burying-ground ; said high- 
way ran " from York street to Joseph Munsons." In Sept. 1815 
Ashmun street was laid out three rods wide, extending from the 
north end of York street in a direct line N. 7° W. to the southwest 
corner of Joseph Munsons dwelling-house. 

He bought August 1S07 of D. Mix 14 acres, " Balls pasture ", in 
the Second Quarter, bounded " Easterly by Second Quarter Road 
[now Prospect Street], Westerly by Plainfield Road." He bought 

Clan Israel*: James". 701 

July 1809 of his sister Hannah her right in "the Powder Mill Lot, 
near the West Rock." He sold, in 1813, 1^ acres of woodland in 
Hamden at Ox hill, about 120 rods northwesterly of the dwelling- 
house of John Hubbard, Esq. In Dec. 1832 he sold the President, 
Directors and Co. of the Farmington Canal 18 rods, on which the 
toll-house occupied by M r Sturges is situated, bounded westerly 
by the tow-path of the Canal. In 1837 he mortgaged to Elisha 6 
acres in " Plainfield," bounded S. on Munson St., E. on Plainfield 
Road ; Farmington Canal passed through the tract. His inventory 
included residence with 6 acres $1250, and % of the lot at the 
southwest corner of College and Wall Sts., 50 by 160 feet, $375 ; 
(this % passed to Henry A. 7 , and Mar)- A. 7 had 3 / 6 from her 

Joseph" used to deal in peat, which he dug at the Beaver Ponds. 
He was chosen fence-viewer in 1801, '15 and '16, and he was 
chosen tythingman in 1816. His granddaughter Eliza" remembers 
that as he sat by the great fireplace, his brindle dog came in, when 
he exclaimed — " Get out, you dumb beast ! " Mrs. Hannah Mun- 
son was admitted to the North Church July 1798. 

James 6 (Joseph 5 , Israel 4 ) b. 30 April 1772 ; m. 16 June 1802 Sarah 
dau. of Newman Trowbridge, b. 13 July 1779 (in Meadow St., bp. 
Trin. Ch. 22 Aug.) ; he d. 16 May 1839 ; she d. 21 Aug. 1857. Res. 
New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Newman Trowbridge 1 b. 11 Sept. 1S03 ; d. 22 Oct. 1S21 ; H. A. Street 
says : " Newman was a sailor and was taken by pirates when off 
the Island of Cuba and murdered with all the crew except one 
man who was secreted in the hold of the vessel and afterwards 
swam ashore." 
ii. ' Roswell James' b. 4 Dec. 1S11 ; bp. 19 July 1812 ; unm.; d. 24 July 
1S83 ; kept a stove-store cor. State and George Streets; "very 
intemperate," " lost his mind," Judge J. C. Hollister appointed 
conservator 30 Aug. 1872; value of estate then $9,691, net value 
at death 84,524, which was divided among his three nieces, who 
had kept house for him. 
748. iii. Rebecca Trowbridge 1 b. 5 April 1814. 

James" inherited from his father about 80 rods bounded E. (3 
rods 15 links) on College street, the north line being one-half rod 
S. of the paternal dwelling ; on that place at marriage he settled — 
next southward of Elisha's. (His house was burned with Elisha's 
in 1836.) At a later period, e.g., 1827, his home was in Whiting 
Street, S. side, nearer Meadow than Fleet (State). 

702 The Munson Record. 

The land which "Trowbridge and Munson's store stands on," 
extending easterly to and along the creek 21 feet, was leased by 
Isaac Trowbridge and James Munson May 1, 1816. James owned 
one-fourth; his administrator in 1840 sold one-eighth of "an old 
store" "fronting on Custom House Square." He had transferred 
to Elisha in 181 7 one-eighth of a new store — the same which said 
Trowbridge now occupies. 

James and Sarah October 1818 quitclaimed their right to 1 acre 
bounded westerly on the highway leading from Church street to 
Oyster Point. In 1833 he mortgaged a lot with 20 feet front on 
College street, bounded " N. on my old house and land;" "like- 
wise the new dwelling house which is standing thereon." In April 
1837, this place apparently, widened to 27 feet, he sold to Julius 
Tuttle, reserving a right to use the well in common with said T. 

When Prout's Alley (otherwise Peggy's Elbow) was widened 
eleven feet southward in June 1820, it appropriated a portion of 
James's land. Elisha, James, his wife, and four others, opened a 
new road in 1828 and presented the same to the city ; it is Lafayette 

James's inventory included 98 rods at " Plainfield ", bounded E. 
2 rods on "old Plainfield road", N. 49 rods on Joseph', W. 2 rods 
on Farmington Canal, and S. on Elisha 8 , Sarah" and Esther" ; 1 \ 
acres at Ox hill, bounded S. on Joseph 7 28 rods, and running W. 
to a point at Sawmill brook ; building-lot bounded E. 39 feet on 
College street, N. on heirs of Joseph 6 . The value of his estate was 
more than cancelled by claims. His children, Roswell 7 and 
Rebecca 7 , received Vii tn °f Elisha's estate. 


Isaac" (Israel 6 , Israel 4 ) b. 5 April 1771 ; m. Sarah Bradley b. n 
April 1773; she d. 3 June 1821 ; he d. n Feb. 1835. Blacksmith, 
farmer ; Cong.; res. New Haven, Ct., Wallingford, Vt. 

Children, 9 /;. in N. H. : 

749. i. Sarah' b. 23 Aug. 1795. 

ii. Elizur 1 b. 22 Dec. 1797 ; m. Mrs. Sarah Dale ne'e Smith, (sister of 
Pres. Asa D. Smith, Dartmouth Coll.,) of Wallingford, Vt. ; m. 
(2nd) 11 Oct. 1S54 Mary A. Button of Litchfield, 0.;she</. in 
Ohio ; no ch.; he d. 2 Nov. 1854 ; farmer ; Cong.; res. on the old 
homestead, Wallingford, Vt. He was a legatee of his uncle 
Israel. 6 
iii. Caroline 1 b, 21 July 1S02; unm.; d. 26 Jan. 1824. 

750. iv. Mary Ann' b. 11 July 1804. 

751. v. Isaac Bradley 1 b. 1 May 1806. 

Clan Israel': Isaac'. 703 

752. vi. Israel' b. 18 March 180S. 

753. vii. Ann Elizabeth' b. 30 March 1S10. 

754. viii. Louisa 1 b. 31 March 1812. 

755. ix. Edward' b. 7 April 1814. 

x. Frances T.' b. June 1815 in Wallingford ; d. 24 July 1821. 

Isaac's wife appears to have been a descendant of Dea. Abraham 
Bradley. " Deacon Bradleys grist mill " on Beaver Pond brook 
was a recognized institution in ^f ,/ 

1704. "Bradley's Mill" on the * _^l*-tSZ-<Z4: ^0U*^ T -4*m' 

same brook was existing in 1804. In April 179S Isaac Munson 
and Sarah with several Bradleys, Lois, Hannah, Lewis, Amos, etc., 
sold J. Thompson, jr., their interest in " a certain Gristmill situ- 
ated on the stream of Water proceeding from the beaver ponds, 
and commonly called Bradley's Mill." 

Isaac" had from his father's estate property amounting to §1725. 
It comprised " The black Smith shop and Coal house," and seven 
pieces of land, including the north side of the homelot bounded 
easterly by College St., the " Maccumber Lot", 12 acres, bounded 
E. by Second Quarter Road, YV. by Plainfield Path, and salt 
meadow lying on both sides of the Causeway on Great Island. 

In Nov. 1797 Isaac paid James Hillhouse ,£100 for one and 
three-fourth acres, bounded S. on Joseph's heirs, E. on College 
street, W. on H. Barney, and N. on " Hannah Russell formerly 
Hannah Griswold " and partly on Israel 5 , ''being what I purchased 
of William 6 " 23 March 1791. The 30 rods at thecorner of College 
and Grove streets passed to Lydia Griswold, and from her to 
numerous heirs whose rights Isaac purchased. Directly west of 
this corner, "opposite to the New Burying Ground," was $ acre 
which he bought of his father in 1804. He owned five acres and 
more in the "oyster point quarter" 1811-1818. In Dec. 1813 he 
bought about 4^4 acres "on the second quarter Lott," bounded E. 
by the Second Quarter Road. He bought three other pieces 
bounded E. on the Second Quarter Road. He sold eight acres in 
1831, beginning " opposite the centre of the second Canal Lock, 
North of Joseph Munsons Dwelling house." He made convey- 
ances of land on both sides of College street to Rev. Jeremiah 
Atwater in 1825, 1826. These are a few of his more significant 
transactions in real-estate at New Haven. 

Isaac as Mrs. Wheeler remembers was rather stocky and of 
rather swarthy complexion. In New Haven he followed black- 
smithing. He was chosen 9 March 1807 to fill out his father's 
unfinished term as sealer of weights and measures, and he was 
annually reelected while he remained in New Haven. His wife 
Sarah was admitted to membership in the North Church July 

704 The Munson Record. 

1798. His residence was the long house still standing on the west 
side of College street, between Wall and Grove. In November 
1 8 14 he removed with his wife and nine children in covered 
wagons to Wallingford, Vt., where according to Goodyear Clark 
his brother Israel had purchased a farm for him. Thenceforward 
he was engaged in agricultural pursuits. He had however a little 
shop in which he did his own work. 

Anna" (Israel 6 , Israel 4 ) b. abt. 1773 ; m. Rev. William Thacher, 
a Meth. minister ; she d. before 18 Feb. 1807, a. 34 ; he d. in New 
Haven. Meth.;* res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Israel 1 , apparently the feeble-minded son, whose support was 
assumed by his uncle Israel 6 . 

ii. William', is believed to have lived in Boston ; he married on his 
dying bed after an engagement of ten years. He died before 
August 1, 1833. 

iii. Eliza M.\ m. Daniel D. Richman of Hudson, N. Y.; they had 
Mary Amanda* b. 1 Aug. 1S34, a choice woman, m. 8 Sept. 1852 
Elias Mix Gilbert b. 23 May 1826, a descendant of Matthew Gil- 
bert the settler and Dep.-Gov. ; members First Meth. Ch.; res. 
Sylvan Ave., New Haven (9 ch. — Cornelia D. 9 1853, Mary E. 9 
1855, Annie W. 9 '57, Florence R. 9 '59, Lewis L. 9 '61, John S. 9 '64, 
Lillian B. 9 '66, Edward G. 9 '68, Constance G. 9 '75). 

iv. Mary Ann 1 , m. Luther Gilbert, who kept a livery-stable ; res. New 
Haven ; had a son Luther M.", physician, res. Olive St., New 

G." M. W. remembers when Anna was living at her father's, 
feeble and sickly. She was buried in the New B.-G. Her heirs 
received from her father's estate $1725, including yid of the home 
lot, one-half of the house, together with the privilege of the 
kitchen, oven and the outside passage into the cellar, and yid of 
the barn. Her daughters Eliza and Mary A. were heirs of Israel 8 . 

"In early life W. T. was a shoemaker," writes Helen E.; "he 
went South, was converted to Methodism, and became one of the 
earliest preachers in the Northern States." G. M. W. remembers 
seeing him at work on his bench. In July 1820 the Methodists 
obtained permission to build a new church on the northwest 
corner of the Upper Green. Rev. Mr. Thacher was instrumental 
in collecting funds to accomplish the object. In May 1821 the 
corner-stone was laid, but the incomplete building was demolished 
by the memorable "September Gale." The house was rebuilt and 

* Anna was the first Methodist convert in New Haven, c. 1794. See Hist. City 0/ N. H. t p. 141 

Clan Israel 1 : Lois'. 705 

stood until 1848, when encouraged by an offer from the city of 
$5000, they transferred their sanctuary to the corner of Elm and 
College streets ; it is known to-day as the First Methodist Church. 

Lois" (Israel 5 , Israel*) b. abt. 1785 ; m. abt. 1818 Capt. Joel Hill, 
a widower and merchant ; she d. 21 Jan. 1851, a. 67 ; he d. 12 Nov. 
1855. Res. Wallingford, Vt. 

Children : 

i. Israel Munson 1 b. 8 Jan. 1820 in W.; m. Lucinda K. dau. of Rev. 
Stephen Martindale of W., b. 7 Oct. 1820 in Tinmouth, Vt.; he d. 
26 April 1S6S in Beloit, Wis.; Cong.; 2 ch. — (1) Edward Munson s 
b. 1 April 1855 in Wallingford, grad. Beloit Coll. 1876, Andover 
Theo. Sem. 1882, took a fourth year at Yale Div. Sch., and settled 
in a Cong, pastorate at Montreal, Can., (2) Lois Ella 6 , d. 15 June 

ii. Lucretia M.\ m. Dr. William C. Benton; he d. 1859; sne d. 15 
March 1872; res. Beloit, Wis.; 2 ch. — (1) Florence 6 , m. Frank 
Isharn, res. Delavan, Wis., m. (2nd) Edward W. Jenks, res. 
Madison St., Chicago„(2) William 8 , res. Chicago, 111. 

G.' M. W. remembers being at her uncle's and seeing Lois 
" posting his books." This daughter received from her father's 
estate $1725, including one-third of the home lot and the barn, and 
one-half of the house together with "the privilege of the space- 
way, the stairway, the oven, the south kitchen door and the Well 
for use in common with the heirs of Anna Thacher." Lois was 
unmarried when she removed with the family to Wallingford. 
After marriage she lived eight or ten years in the village of 
Wallingford and then moved to a farm which her brother Israel 
gave her. Her children were heirs of Israel ; the income from 
their portions until they were 21 years of age was enjoyed by Lois. 
Leverit Griswold of 53 College St. was her cousin. 


Harriet 8 (William 5 , Israel 4 ) b. 4 Jan. 1784; m. (by Dr. Dana) 
14 Nov. 1804 Oliver son of Col. Thomas son of Hon. Eliphalet 
Dyer, a printer of Providence ; 2 ch.; m. (2nd) Henry Lockwood, 
a seafaring man, later in the Navy, "mate" ; 5 ch.; he went to sea, 
never heard from ; she d. 8 Dec. 1831. Cong.; res. with 1st husb. 
New Haven, Providence, with 2nd New York. 

Children : 
i. Elizabeth' b. at Major Munson's ; m. Grant of Wilkes-Barre, an 
owner of coal mines ; 3 ch. ; she dec. 

706 The Munson Record. 

ii. Martha 7 b. Nov. 1807 in Prov. ; m. Wm. G. King of N. J.; res. 
N. Y. C, Bkln.; 13 ch. — (1) James 8 , »<., no ch., to Calif, at 21, 
was with Fremont in gold mines, wealthy, res. San Francisco, (2) 
William 9 , >«., no ch., ornamental sign-painter, res. N. Y. C, (3) 
John H. 8 , widower, 1 dau., in " Soothing Syrup " Estab., res. 
Bkln., (4) Stephen Trowbridge', to Calif, in '54, 9 yr. with Wells, 
Fargo & Co., real-estate and life-insurance in Chicago, 1 son, res. 
in $30,000 house at Lake View, (5) Asa 8 , unm., to California, (6) 
Matilda", d. a. abt. 2 y., (7) Harriet E. e , m. Andrew J. Robinson, 
3 ch., res. N. Y. C, (8) Robert 8 , d. at 21, (9) Alonzo 4 , has a store 
in Chicago, (10) Lillie Cornelia 8 , m. Dr. Benj. Briggs, res. Bkln., 
(11) George W. 8 , unm., collector, res. Bkln., (12) Henry 8 , Soothing 
Syrup Estab. 

iii. Henry' b. Feb. 1813 ; was in Constantinople three or four years to 
aid in preparations for printing the Scriptures in Arabic. 

iv. Richard Munson 1 b. 17 Jan. 1814 in N. Y. C. ; m. 12 Aug. 1845 
Hannah M. Merrill ; engineer ; Rep.; Bapt.; res. N. Y. C. ; 6 ch. 
— (1) William H. 8 6. 6 July 1846, d. 26 Aug. 1875, (2) James E. 8 *. 
17 Feb. 184S, d. 7 Nov. 1848, (3) Martha M. s b. 12 April 1851, 
Bapt., res. N. Y. C, (4) Isaac J.* b. 23 May 1854, "'■ r 5 April 
1875 Mary Miller, printer, Rep., res. N. Y. C, (5) Harriet E. 8 b. 
25 Dec. 1858, res. N. Y. C, (6) Mary E.» b. 3 Dec. i860, m. 29 
April 1883 Charles E. M'Clennen, a com. salesman, Rep. and 
Episc, res. N. Y. C. R. M. 7 L. has a good portrait of his grand- 
father Major Munson and photographs of five letters and papers 
connected with him. 

v. Harriet 7 . vi. Charles 7 , d. at 4 y. vii. Hannah. 7 

Harriet' was a member of Rev. Dr. Patton's Cong. Ch. Dr. 

of Lynn said that Harriet " would adorn either the kitchen or the 
parlor." Her husband's grandfather Eliphalet Dyer figures con- 
spicuously in the famous story relative to the " Frogs of Windham." 
On a dismal night in July 1758, the inhabitants soon after mid- 
night were disturbed by terrifying noises in the sky, which were 
conceived to be the yells of Indians. Some imagined that at 
intervals they could hear the names of two eminent lawyers called 
out, which increased the alarm. Old and young, male and female 
poured forth into the streets, — some of the more daring shouldered 
their guns and sallied forth to meet the invading foes. The fact 
was that three-fourths of a mile from the village, at a certain mill- 
pond, whose extent had been greatly reduced by drouth, a pitched 
battle was fought by bull-frogs, for possession of the fluid which 
remained. Those on one side of the channel raised the war cry, 
"Col. Dyer! Col. Dyer" ! and from the opposite side resounded 
the shout, " Elderkin, too ! Elderkin, too ! " See Conn. Hist. Coll., 
page 447, for the story in both prose and verse. In Matteson's 
celebrated "The First Prayer in Congress," Eliphalet Dyer is the 
fourth figure from the left hand border (as one faces the picture). 


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Clan Israel*: Grace'. 707 


Grace* (William 5 , Israel 4 ) b. 14 Aug. 1792; m. 14 Dec. 1811 
Stephen Wheeler;* he d. 21 Jan. 1870, ce. 78 ; she d. 18 Feb. 1892. 
Episc; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in. N. Y. C: 
i. Grace Ann 7 b. 10 March 1813 ; m. 25 Dec. 1834 Hezekiah P. Glenney 
b. in Milford 19 Feb. 1815, a policeman ; he d. 16 March 1886 in 
Jersey City ; she d. 29 Jan. 1892 ; Episc; res. New Haven ; at 
three or four periods she suffered from a degree of insanity, — her 
closing years were thus clouded ; she was a tall person, of very 
courtly manners, with much pride of character, and possessing 
great fondness for antiquity and for antiquarian pursuits ; this 
Work owes no small debt to her for information concerning 
New Haven and New-Haveners ; she was a member of Trinity 
Church but in her later years worshipped with the Davenport 
(Cong.) Ch.; 3 ch. — (1) William Munson^ b. 5 Oct. 1835, went to 
sea, became master of a vessel, m. in the Sandwich Islands, had 
2 dau.,, while on a little voyage with another man in a small boat 
about 25 years ago, he lost his life,f (2) Daniel Webster 8 b. 15 Feb. 
1838 in N. Y. C, m., had 1 dau. Flossie 9 who d. y., was a sailor, 
naval officer and soldier, $3?~see below, (3) Stephen Wheeler 8 b. 8 
June 1840 in New Haven, m. 14 Sept. 1880 Caroline M. Brown of 
Bridgeport, Can., b. 9 Feb. 1850, no . - 

ch., photographer, res. Waterbury, 'v i/y* *7 * M ^ rU ^r' 
Milford, New Haven, Ct. He used 

to be a member of one of the fire companies, under the old regime. 
Leaving the incorrect habits of some early years, S. W. 8 began 
life anew. He is a member of Davenport Cong. Church, and an 
active member of Sons of Temperance. Stephen is a good artist 
and a genial friend. 
ii. William Munson 1 b. 6 Sept. 1815 ; d. 18 Oct. 1832 in Charleston, 

S. C. ; a sailor, I believe, 
iii. Isaiah Smart 7 b. 20 Dec. 1817 ; d. same day. 

Grace" had two sisters in New York ; one, Harriet, was teaching, 
the other had a millinery store ; she went to live with them. 
After two or three years ^^ ^^^^ OHRtmA^ 
she married ; she con- r 

tinued living in New York some eight or nine years, after which 
she returned to New Haven and for a time lived with her father. 

* Capt. Wheeler's father was Capt. Stephen, his grf. Daniel, his great-grandfather Ephraim 
who lived in Redding, Ct., and died in 1806, aged go. The latter lived with his wife 67 years, had 
10 ch., 52 gr. ch., 108 gr.-gr. ch. Capt. W. saw Ephraim at 85 jump up and hit his heels together 
twice before touching the ground. 

t There is a tragical atmosphere about William's death. His companion returned, reported 
that their voyage was protracted by adverse influences far beyond expectation, that their supplies 
were exhausted, and that William had expired by starvation. He admitted that he had been sub- 
sisting upon his flesh. But those who viewed the boat saw what appeared to be sanguinary evi- 
dences of a desperate struggle. 

X Feb. 6, 1884. 

708 The Munson Record. 

From her father she inherited land bounded east on Union St. and 
west on the Creek, with the building thereon, $700. In May 1826 
she bought of her cousin Isaac" Munson one-fourth of an acre in 
the New Township, bounded South 4$ rods on Wooster Street. 
There she built a house and spent the residue of her long life. 
That locality when she built was covered with potatoes and corn ; 
there were no neighbors ; there were only three houses on the 
street. "I have known one day when not a person passed the 
house." She could look out from her home upon the shipping in 
the harbor and could look out eastward across the river. 

Her husband followed the sea mainly. He sailed to the West 
Indies, Venice, &c. In the War of 181 2, he was in the Navy, hav- 
ing command of a gunboat. Prince Murat, son of Caroline Bona- 
parte, Queen of the Two Sicilies, came to America with Capt. 
Wheeler in his vessel (apparently in 1S21). His mother, sister of 
Napoleon the Great, a beavitiful woman, yet of simple man- 
ners, came on board the vessel to attend to the arrangements 
for the young man's voyage. The vessel was shipwrecked off 
Gibraltar. Capt. Wheeler escaped with only his shirt and draw- 
ers, and a sock drawn over his head. Prince Murat gave him 
clothes. After he retired from the sea, he was for a while a store- 
keeper, — first (1833) on the N. W. corner of Wooster and Chestnut 
streets, and afterward in a small building just east of his house. 
He made a good deal of cider-vinegar and also of grape-wine and 
currant-wine. The golden-wedding anniversary of Capt. and 
Mrs. Wheeler occurred in 1861. 

We quote the Journal and Courier of August 16, 1887: "Mrs. 
Grace Munson Wheeler, of 87 Wooster St., reached the admirable 
age of 95 years Sunday. She is in good health and her mental 
faculties are in superior condition. She prepared breakfast with 
entire success for a group of three persons, and the day previous 
made some excellent pies. Mrs. Wheeler recollects events which 
took place when she was two or three years old. She recollects 
the professional visits which she received from ' Old Doctor Mun- 
son ' while she was yet in the cradle. She remembers her father's 
coming into the kitchen and announcing the death of his old 
General, — ' Washington has gone.' She remembers her father's 
return from a visit of condolence to Lady Washington at Mt. 
Vernon, and his bringing some lemons and oranges from her 
garden, which were sacredly preserved." 

At the Reunion Aug. 17, 1887, Mrs. Wheeler was the most con- 
spicuous and most honored personage. She attended the pro- 
tracted exercises in the Church and the more protracted exercises 

Clan Israel': Grace*. 709 

in the Rink, and yet felt herself quite able to attend the evening 
session. After the Dinner she was formally presented to the great 
Family by Chairman S. L. Munson in a eulogistic, reminiscencial 
address : 

" She remembers with a pride which we, her kinsmen, also share, 
that her father was one of the officers on guard, whose vigilance 
frustrated the attempt of Benedict Arnold to transfer to the Brit- 
ish the control of the Hudson River and thus strike a deadly blow 
at the cause of American Independence. In her hospitable home 
are to be seen priceless documents bearing the signatures of Wash- 
ington, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, Knox and Hancock, showing 
that her immediate relatives have been held in high regard by 
the fathers of the Republic. When President Monroe visited New 
Haven, of the eighteen officers of the Revolutionary Army pre- 
sented to him, Major William Munson, her father, had the honor 
of being the first. She is enjoying the evening of a long and 
eventful life. She has seen the old Thirteen, feeble and poor, but 
aspiring and resolute, become an imperial Republic. She has 
listened to the angry echoes of three wars to which she has loyally 
sent her relatives, and from and through which has come, we hope, 
enduring peace. She is proud of her lineage, and she has an 
interest in whatever pertains to the Munson name. She has taken 
an interest in this Reunion, and it is a great satisfaction to her 
that she is able to be with us to-day." 

Mrs. Wheeler received some pleasing attention on the 99th 
anniversary of her birth. The Evening Register contained a two- 
column illustrated account of the observance. Among other 
callers were members of Hiram Lodge, F. and A. M., including 
Past Master James D. Dewell and ex-Mayor Henry G. Lewis, with 
representatives of two other lodges: a rocker of quartered oak in 
the style of the 16th century was presented, bearing this card, — 
" With best wishes of Hiram Lodge, No. 1 F. and A. M., to Mrs. 
Stephen Wheeler, daughter of Major William Munson, who was 
their Worshipful Master at the close of the last and commence- 
ment of the present century." 

The Register says : " Mrs. Wheeler possesses remarkable mental 
faculties and her mind is clear upon even the smallest details of 
events that have now drifted into history. She is in sympathy 
and perfect tune with the great world around her. Her face is 
fair and in it can be seen more than traces of past beauty ; the 
flush of youth has given place to the charm of age. Her features 
are delicately fashioned, her locks silver-gray, her manners easy 
and courteous, and her words and gestures animated." " When I 

710 The Munson Record. 

was a little girl," said she, "I used to go up to my father — daddy 
and mammy we called our parents — and said : 'Daddy, can I come 
into your cubbyhouse ? ' and he would move his knees so that I 
could toddle in between them, and, placing my arms upon them, I 
would swing back and forth in perfect delight. We lived at the 
corner of State and Fair streets and could see way down the 
harbor. There were no buildings in the way then." 

The author was among the pleased visitors on this remarkable 
birthday, and the venerable lady took occasion to present him with 
a small brass oil-lamp which used to burn in her father's bedroom 
throughout the night. " How many times I have filled that, and 
set it in the corner of my father's room," said she. Mrs. Wheeler 
fondly hoped to reach her centennial birthday ; but suffering an 
attack of la grippe, after a few weeks she died at the age of ninety- 
nine years, six months, and four days. The author conversed with 
her about three weeks before the end, when she no longer desired 
to live. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Meserve 
of Davenport Church. 

In the British Invasion of New Haven, Capt. Townshend described 
Mrs. Wheeler, then in her eighty-eighth year, as "a lady of won- 
derful spirit, and energy, and gifted with fine conversational 
powers." "I could almost wish," wrote Helen E. Meaker in 
reference to an interview with Mrs. Wheeler, " I could almost wish 
I were ninety-five years old if I could be as cheery and delightful 
as Mrs. W." 

She remembered her mother and father with peculiar fondness. 
" I never heard any wicked words come out of his mouth," she 
said of her father ; " I feared him, — I feared him and loved him 
too." One evening in July 1884 she said to me : " I have thought 
more of my mother the last week or two than I ever did before. 
Some would say — ' I should think you would think most of your 
children '. But I do not though I loved them as much as could 
be. I long to go and see my mother," she added, weeping. She 
told me in May 1886 how she used to carry the footstove for her 
mother to church — " the Middle Brick " (First Ch.). In Aug. 1886, 
she remarked — " I did not love to go to the Episcopal church a 
bit ; I would rather go to my own church, where I was brought 
up to go with my mother." 

Among the treasures of her home was a pair of earrings which 
belonged to her grandmother Abiah (Macumber) Hall ; one jewel 
contains a specimen of Abiah's hair, black, and the other a specimen 
of her husband's, light brown. 

Clan Israel: Grace". 711 

Among her recollections: the First Church in the days of her 
childhood had a door at the east end and one on the south side ; 
the pulpit was at the west end. The first minister whom she 
remembered hearing was Dr. Dana. She used to go into the 
burial-ground, when on the way to Uncle Israel's. It was on The 
Green, and was enclosed by a thick, board fence.* She entered 
the enclosure by a stile — steps up and down ; it seems to her that 
the stile was northward of the First Church. 

Mrs. Wheeler was a member of Trinity Church. Some of her 
religious utterances may be welcome. As I read aloud one Sun- 
day in May 1884 — " I will not fear what flesh can do to me ; for 
my trust is in him who made the world," she exclaimed — "That is 
just as I feel." On a Sunday in October 1885, she remarked — "I 
often say, ' Make me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit 
within me.' " Again — " I wish all the days of my life had been as 
free from sin as it has been to-day." She once observed — ■" I have 
always loved to read my Bible and Testament ; I was brought up 
to do it and I have always loved it." Until six or seven years 
before the end, she was accustomed to read her Bible and a daily 
paper ; the failure of sight was her chief affliction. But she still 
guided and controlled the household affairs. On Sunday, May 30, 
1886, after listening to some devotional readings, she stepped up 
towards a Scripture roll which hung upon the wall, saying — "I 
wonder how long I shall be able to read that ;" and then proceeded 
to read the passages for the day. Again in September she stepped 
up to her roll and read in a clear, strong voice the Scriptures for 
that day. At bedtime, as one wished her a good night, she 
responded — " I wish I could go to bed and wake up more heavenly- 

We cannot omit to say that in May 1884, according to a very old 
custom, she used every day to fill a little tub with water for the 
birds to drink from. And the author makes grateful and happy 
mention of the kindly and genial hospitality which he enjoyed in 
her home during three or four years ; adding, that in default of 
the illumination which she afforded him upon historical subjects, 
the value and interest of this book would be diminished extremely. 

t£W Daniel W. Glenney became a sailor at the age of thirteen ; 
his first whaling voyage covered three years and seven months, 
Nov. 11, 1851-June 1855. There is extant a charming letter, a 

* Charles 7 Mooson remembers the old burial-ground ; the fence around it " ran in a very 
irregular fashion." he says. Dexter observes that in 1784 "a good part of the upper Green " was 
occupied for burial use, and that a fence and " 250 buttonwood trees and elms" encircled it, but 
that neither fence nor trees surrounded The Green. 

712 The Munson Record. 

remarkable letter, which he wrote at the age of fourteen to a young 
girl named Agnes. Another voyage occupied two years. He (and 
his brother William also) visited St. Helena and Juan Fernandez. 

While Daniel appears to have been deficient in veneration and 
conscientiousness, he was a brilliant and daring fellow, and his 
career was highly adventurous, sensational and romantic. He was 
at the Sandwich Islands when news came that the Secession War 
had broken out ; and he returned to join the Navy. He is said to 
have been the youngest Lieut. -Commander in the service. The 
New York Herald of Aug. 7, 1876 devoted two and a quarter 
columns to the story of "Two Unrecorded Traitors", D. W. 
Glenney and E. P. Nellis, — charging them with assisting a Con- 
federate attempt to capture Admiral Porter's Mississippi Squadron. 
The Naval Register for 1865 included among acting masters, 
"Daniel W. Glenney, appointed from Connecticut Dec. 3, 1863 ;" 
and the Register for 1866, in its record of "Desertions", has — 
" Acting Master D. W. Glenney, from the Mississippi Squadron, 
Nov. 4, 1864." 

The San Antonio (Tex.) Express of Aug. 13, 1885 published a 
remarkable story, as told by Col. Uriah Lott, president of the San 
Antonio and Arkansas-Pass railroad. 

During a portion of the War-period, Col. Lott was in command 
of a Mississippi steamboat engaged in the cotton trade. While 
thus employed, he made the acquaintance of a Captain Glenney, 
commander of the Federal gunboat Rattler, No. 2. Sometime in 
1863 (?) Captain Glenney was placed under arrest, charged 
with attempting to turn his vessel over to the Confederacy for the 
consideration of 500 bales of cotton, to be delivered on the Rio 
Grande, convenient for blockade-running. While held as a 
prisoner on board the Rattler, Glenney watched his opportunity 
and endeavored to escape by jumping into the river. A volley 
was fired at him, and as he was not seen again it was believed that 
he had been killed instantly and the body sunk ; and report to 
this effect was made to Washington. 

In 1866, while Colonel Lott was engaged in mercantile pursuits 
at Brazos, Santiago, on the southwest Texas coast, he was surprised 
one day to have the veritable Glenney come into his store, in the 
dress of a Mexican captain. He was introduced as Captain 
St. Clair, made his purchases, and withdrew. A few moments 
later, a messenger informed Lott that a man desired to see him 
immediately at a given place on important business. Heeding the 
application, he had an interview with Glenney, who gave him the 
particulars of his escape. 

Clan Israel 1 : D. W." Glenney. 713 

He had dived beneath the gunboat when he jumped overboard 
and concealed himself under the opposite side until he had a 
chance to swim for land. He then made his way to Mexico and 
offered his services to the government, where he became a captain 
in the regular army. He begged Col. Lott not to reveal his 
identity, fearing arrest and punishment. As the colonel had 
been repeatedly befriended by Glenney, he held his peace; and 
Glenney, alias St. Clair, departed. Lott met him frequently dur- 
ing several months afterward. He was prominent in the Mexican 
army, and popular with the United States officers. He took a 
leading part in the capture of Bagdat, and commanded that place 
for a time. He told the colonel that he frequently met relatives 
from Connecticut who were connected with the United States 
quartermaster's department at Ringgold and BrazoSj but that they 
did not know him. 

Then came an interval of a dozen years or so ; Col. Lott had removed to 
Corpus Christi. One evening in 1879, a Mexican brought him a message saying 
that a friend in need desired to meet him on the outskirts of the city. On reach- 
ing the place designated, he was again surprised to behold once more the form 
and features of his almost forgotten friend, the Mexican captain. But, oh, so 
changed ! Instead of the fine, manly form, the handsome features and expres- 
sive countenance of the once dashing officer, the colonel beheld an emaciated, 
dirty, ragged creature who was stretched upon the dirt-floor of the jacal, and 
suffering from a pistol wound in the forehead. As the wound had been neglected 
and hungry flies were congregated around it, the sight was sickening. Though 
weak in body from exposure and hunger, the miserable man was able to make 
known that he was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in dire distress, — 
and that he had been shot by a tramp. The colonel's sympathy was excited, he 
relieved the sufferer's pressing wants, and gave him twenty dollars in money. 
The succeeding day, he called to see Glenney, but found him not. Whether the 
human wreck, once a proud officer, died from his wound, or whether his dramatic 
career was protracted, Col. Lott does not know. 

Commenting upon the above, the mother of Captain Glenney 
stated to the author that Daniel did not jump overboard, but that 
his executive officer, Mr. Nellis, at the risk of his life, procured a 
boat in which the two floated away from the "Rattler". The 
wound, she alleged, was in the leg, instead of the forehead, and 
caused by a shot from an Indian during a fight with the Indians, 
about 1875. He soon found his way home, and spent a consider- 
able part of the winter in the State Hospital for the treatment of 
his wound. " How well I remember Col. Lott's interest in him at 
one time, — taking him to a hotel, and relieving his wants by giv- 
ing him twenty-five dollars." 

While at home the last time, Daniel's doings evoked some 
reproach from his grandmother, whereat he was offended, and 

7 H The Munson Record. 

never again communicated with the family ; indeed nothing has 
since been known of him. There was a rumor of his being seen 
in New Haven, say, about 1885 or 6 ; but it was probably untrue. 
In those days, I think, a man called on Daniel's mother and grand- 
mother one evening. He professed to be deaf and dumb, and 
wrote a request for aid. Refreshment was tendered him, and a 
bit of money, for which he expressed profuse thanks. A sus- 
picion grew very strong within the aged women that their visitor 
was the curious, startling, erratic Daniel. In their home I have 
seen a volume of Mexican history, written in French ; it made 
mention of "the celebrated St. Clair." 


Amos 7 (Joseph', Joseph 6 , Israel 1 ) b. 13 March 1799 ; m. (by Dr. 
H. Croswell, Episc.) n June 1820 Martha Martin of N. H.; 2 ch.; 
she d. 8 Aug. 1823, a. 29 ; m. (2nd) (by Rev. Samuel Merwin, Cong.) 
20 Nov. 1825 Rebecca dau. of Isaac* Dickerman ; 5 ch.; she d. 13 
Dec. 1889, a. 92 y. 8 mo.; he d. 3 Sept. 1877. Blacksmith, pie-baker; 
Cong.; res, New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

756. i. Sarah Rebecca 8 b. 2 Jan. 1821. 

ii. William 8 , d. 25 Nov. 1823, a. 4 mo. 

iii. Lucius 8 b. 11 Dec. 1826 in N. H.; m. 1 Jan. 1849 ' n N. Y. C. Nancy 
dau. of William Baldwin of Branford, Ct.; he d. 1886; res. 
Wheatland, la. At marriage he was employed in the pie-bakery 
of Amos Munson and Bro., 21st St.; carried on a pie-business in 
18th St. between 7th and Sth Avenues 1852-1855; conducted a 
similar business on Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 1855-6 ; then in 
partnership with Elisha Case he erected the Waubunsie House at 
Clinton, la., which was burned in 1857 ; bought an interest June 
1858 in a new hotel at Wheatland (then the terminus of the rail- 
road), which he conducted seven years ; he sold out, built his 
residence at a cost of $6,000, and commenced a freight-transfer 
and coal business which he conducted until May 1882 ; in Jan. 
1883 he had a farm of 192 acres. He had then been a city council- 
man three years, and had served four years as a township trustee. 
One ch. — William Amos 9 b. 1 Oct. 1855 in Branford, Ct. ; unm. ; 
he was assistant cashier for the Chicago and Northwestern R. R. 
at Des Moines, la.; ass't supt. (1S92) Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. 
of N. Y.; res. Chicago. 

757. iv. John Adams' b. S July 1829. 
75S. v. Charles E. 8 b. 11 May 1831. 

759. vi. Samuel Merwin 8 b. 3 May 1833. 

760. vii. Mary Louisa 8 b. 28 Aug. 1837. 

* Isaac (father also of Deacon Eli) was son of Stephen, son of Isaac, son of Abraham the settler 
1 New Haven, son of Thomas the immigrant 1635 who d. in Dorchester 1657. 

Clan Israel*: A mos\ 7 1 5 

Amos' received from his uncle Elisha's estate $2,383, including 
a lot with dwelling-house on Wall Street (70 feet), and Slip 147 in 
the gallery of North Church. The Will of his brother Joseph 
gave him one-eighth of his property. By one of his very few 
transactions in real-estate he conveyed to Elisha" one-third of a 
lot bounded W. on Ashmun St., "Easterly on Mill Pond or land 
of John Osborn," S. on Charles Munson. His estate at death 
inventoried $56,647. 

He was sergeant in the Governor's Foot Guard. He became a 
member of the North Church in Feb. 1821. His first wife became 
a communicant in Trinity Church 11 April 1816. His second 
wife became a member of North Church in Aug. 1828. He was 
permitted to celebrate his golden wedding. He died of paralysis 
of the throat. 

The residue of this sketch is derived essentially from " History 
of the City of New Haven." 

Amos worked at his trade for James Brewster, until his health 
was ruined. During the years he was endeavoring to recover 
health, his brother Henry was foreman in the establishment of 
Sidney E. Morse, geographer and journalist, while Lucius, Amos' 
eldest son, a keen-witted and energetic youth, was an office-boy 
in the same establishment. The latter was homesick for the good 
things in his mother's pantry, and it occurred to him that the sale 
of the toothsome, old-fashioned pie would be remunerative. The 
idea approved itself to both his uncle and father, and the latter 
determined to make a trial of it. At that time there were no 
bakeries in New England, probably none in the country, devoted 
to the production of pies. 

On the 10th of June 1844 Amos started his factory* in Wall 
Street, New Haven. It remained upon the same spot until 1S74, 
when it was removed to the more commodious quarters now occu- 
pied by S. M. Munson and Co. During the first two months, 
Mr. Munson's boy drew the pies in a little wagon down to the 
steamboat dock for the New York market ; but after that time, 
the increased and assured success of the undertaking justified the 
employment of a horse as the motive power. Almost the entire 
output of the bakery was sent to New York, for the only restau- 
rants in New Haven then were small lunch-counters at the old 
railway station and at Tomlinson's bridge. Meantime, in the 
Metropolis, on the corner of Nassau and Beekman Streets, there 
had been opened a small lunch-room, called the Connecticut Pie 

' The daily production at first was " a do 

71 6 The Munsott Record. 

Depot. The delicacy met with instant appreciation, and tri- 
umphantly vindicated the foresight of Mr. Munson and his son. 

His brother Henry was at first associated with him, under the 
name of A. Munson and Co.; but after a short period, Amos took 
the control of the whole business, and conducted it in his own 
name. The rapid increase in the number of restaurants created 
a continually enlarging demand for pies. During the fourth year 
the freighting by steamboat cost $1300. There was a production 
of one thousand pies a day. Accordingly, in the Spring of 1849 
Amos erected a building on 21st Street, near 3d Avenue, in New 
York, and the business has been conducted there (as well as in 
New Haven) from that time to this. 

His latter years were spent in the enjoyment of a well-earned 
competence, and he saw the business which he had founded widely 
extended and universally recognized. Many of the most success- 
ful men in the same line, in this and other cities, learned their 
trade with him and trace their business origin to his house ; such 
were Olds of New Haven, Case of Chicago, and Perry of Provi- 
dence. In 1874 he gave up the business in New Haven to his son 
Samuel M. e , but retained control of the New York establishment 
until his death. 

" Mr. Munson was a man of a remarkably cheerful temper, who 
loved dearly a good joke and a good friend. He was open-handed, 
and a generous contributor to the wants of the needy. But his 
disposition was quiet. He preferred retirement and shunned dis- 
play. His patience was unbounded. He endured with resigna- 
tion his final sickness, during which he lay partially helpless for 
ten months, dying slowly of inanition ; and he left behind him a 
fragrant memory, and many sorrowing friends." 

William G.' (Joseph 6 , Joseph 6 , Israel') b. 28 Feb. 1801 ; m. 7 
Dec. 1824 Elizabeth H. Howell; 6 ch.; she d. 11 March 1842,(8. 
35 ; m. (2nd) 4 Jan. 1844 Mary E. Treat; 2 ch.; she d. 11 March 
1871 ; he d. 27 Sept. 1878. Dentist, artist ; Cong.; res. New 
Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Eliza Ann 8 b. iS Feb. 1826 ; unm.; d. 22 Feb. 1S91 ; became a mem- 
ber of 1st Ch. 26 April 1846 ; received from her uncle Joseph's 
estate $2242.73. She kept house in New Haven, making a home 
for her two sisters (and sometimes her aunt Mary A.') After 
years of patient suffering, her death was hastened by a fall, 
ii. William D. 8 b. 13 April 1829 ; d. 16 April 1829. 

Clan Israel 1 : William 6V jij 

iii. Emily Howell 8 b. 25 Aug. 1831 ; d. 23 June 1848. 

iv. Francis Merton 8 b. 15 Oct. 1833 ; d. 13 July 1837. 
v. Ann Wealthy 8 b. 29 July 1838 ; d. May 1853. 

vi. Susan Ellen 8 b. 9 Nov. 1840 ; d. 10 Nov. 1840. 

vii. Frances Treat 8 b. 20 Nov. 1846; unm.; is a teacher in the public 
schools of New Haven ; member of a Baptist church ; settled the 
estate of her uncle Joseph under a bond of S35,ooo ; the two-eighths 
of the estate which the Will bequeathed to her father, was divided 
among the three daughters, 
viii. Emily C. 8 b. 29 Jan. 1852 ; unm.; united with the First Ch. 31 Dec. 
1869, — -later joined a Meth. Ch. ; took a course of lectures in 
Mind-cure at Boston but does not practice ; is a director of the 
" Shut-in Society" and does much writing and other work for it, 
while she is also active in circles of the " King's Daughters." 

Gileses residence was on the north side of Wall St. While his 
vocation was that of a dentist, his hope and aim were to become a 
painter, and he did some art-work.* His special inclination was 
to reproduce landscapes and flowers. He desired his uncle Elisha 
by whom he was brought up to afford him some advantages for 
the study of the art ; but he thought one painter in the family was 
enough. "You must work," he said; "that isn't work, — it is 
fooling." But Giles always believed that art was his proper call- 
ing. In the museum of the New Haven Historical Society is the 
spade with which Gov. Oliver Wolcott commenced (at Southing- 
ton) the excavation of the New Haven and Farmington Canal, 
July 4, 1825. The portrait on the implement, executed by Wm. 
G. Munson, is that of Hon. James Hillhouse, the superintendent. 

Dr. Munson was admitted to the membership of the First 
Church 3 July 1831 ; his first wife was admitted 30 Sept. 1821 ; 
his second wife 7 July 1844. 

He inherited one-eleventh of his uncle Elisha's estate, including 
a lot with dwelling-house then occupied by Wm. G.' and bounded 
south 66 feet on Wall St. In 1849 he made an assignment to 
Alfred Walker. 


Harvey' (Joseph 8 , Joseph", Israel') b. 9 April 1803 ; m. 5 April 
1827 Lucretia Sears ; he d. in New Haven 1 Sept. 1848. Farmer ; 
Cong.; res. Meredith, N. Y. 

* He is named as dentist in the Directories of 1848 and 1870. " Having learned the trade of a 
brassfounder with Nehemiah Rradley, he turned away from that art to the practice of dentistry. 
He had for many years an office in Argyle Street. As a recreation he sometimes painted land- 
scapes. The view of the Green as it was in 1799, which hangs upon the walls of the Historical 
Society, was one of the productions of this amateur artist."— Hist. 0/ New Haven. 

71 8 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

761. i. Mary Elizabeth 3 b. 20 March 1830. 

762. ii. Martha Anna 8 b. 30 May 1839 in Waterloo, N. Y. 

Harvey 7 united with the North Church in Feb. 1821. He was 
one of his uncle Elisha's heirs. In Dec. 1830, being "of Mere- 
dith," he conveyed his right in one acre bounded E. on Ashmun 
St. and N. on Munson St. His estate inventoried 

Samuel B. 7 (Joseph 6 , Joseph 6 , Israel 4 ) b. 29 May 1806 ; m. April 
1838 Hannah dau. of Samuel Sellew, b. 23 March 1815 in Glaston- 
bury, Ct.; she d. 8 Jan. 1861 ; he d. 6 April 1880. Engraver; Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Cincinnati, O. 

Children, b. in C: 

763. i. Samuel Bishop 8 b. 18 Aug. 1839. 

ii. William Sellew 6 ^. 17 Jan. 1S42 ; unm.; broker, now building rail- 
roads ; res. N. Y. C. 

764. iii. Francis Merton 8 b. 26 Aug. 1848. 

S. B. 7 inherited a fraction of his uncle Elisha's estate, and was 
made heir to ^jsth of his brother Joseph's, $3,364, which was dis- 
tributed to his three sons after the death of Joseph's widow. He 
was admitted a member of the First Cong. Church, Cincinnati, 
and he and his wife were on the list of members in 1836. He was 
not very prosperous pecuniarily. Marvin M. Munson of Gran- 
ville, O., informed me that Munson and Doolittle of Cincinnati 
published the largest map of Ohio which had ever been issued ; 
and he had an impression that it ruined them in a business way. 


Henry A. 7 (Joseph 6 , Joseph 5 , Israel 4 ) b. 13 Sept. 1814; m. Feb. 
1842 Mary C. Daughty ; he d. 19 Feb. 1877 ; she d. 22 July 1893. 
Engraver; Episc.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Child : 
i. Walstien Elliot 8 *. 28 Dec. 1852 in N. H.; m. (by Rev. E. S. Lines) 
16 Oct. 1883 Grace C. Gorham dau. of his father's cousin Rebecca 
T. 1 ; artist; res. Grand Ave., New Haven, Ct.; 1 ch. — Bertram 
Trowbridge 9 b. 23 Sept. 18S9. 

Henry A. 7 was connected with the Morse establishment in New 
York nineteen or twenty years, Walstien" believes. " In 1834," 
says Appleton's Cyclopedia, Sidney E. Morse (founder of the New 
York Observer), " conceived the idea of a new mode of engraving, 

Clan Israel*: He?iry A.' 719 

applicable especially to the production of plates for printing maps 
in connection with type under the common printing-press ; and 
after five years of experiment he succeeded in June, 1839, with the 
aid of his assistant, Henry A. Munson, in producing by the new 
art, which he named cerography, superior map prints. One of 
the first applications of cerography was to the illustration of the 
school geography written by the inventor, of which more than 
100,000 copies were printed and disposed of during the first year. 
The art of cerography has never been patented, nor has the process 
been revealed to the public." Walstien observes — " Father drew 
all the maps for Morse's Geography ; they were drawn on stone 
and then built up with glue and sizing and one thing and another." 

He helped Sidney's brother, Professor Samuel F. B. Morse, in 
developing the telegraph. " He made the alphabet for him, the 
one now used," says Walstien. He was associated with Mr. Morse 
and Mr. Ormsbee in giving the first public exhibition of the tele- 
graph — to invited friends. This was probably in 1S35. 

Though Henry A.'s work was mainly done in New York, his 
family resided in New Haven. His home was on Munson St. in 
"Plainfield " ; a part of his house was the old farmhouse of his 
father. He was an heir of Elisha and his son inherited from 
Joseph'. He did not care to sell land. In 1836 however he con- 
veyed to Thomas Kensett (brother of John Frederick, the renowned 
artist) y$ of three-fourths of an acre bounded west on East Broad- 
way 4 chains 12 links, south on Munson St. S chains 90 links, and 
east on his own land ; price, $486. He was the owner of Winter- 
green Falls. The Munson territory, according to Walstien, for- 
merly extended from West Rock to East Rock, and up the sides 
of both eminences. The priceless Whitney place on Whitney 
Ave. was sold for about a dollar an acre. The nine acres named 
Homestead Park, on which Henry A. resided, were bounded south 
by Munson St. 770 feet and east by the New Haven and North- 
ampton Railroad; it was sold in 1882 to the Winchester Arms 
Company — whose works were on the east side of the R. R. 

His Will divided his property equally between his wife and his 
son. It was appraised at $157,550. The inventory included 
" Homestead Park ", $25,000 ; lot 262 by 560 feet bounded E. on 
Prospect St. and W. on " East Drive ", $19,650 ; lot between " East 
Drive and West Drive " directly west of the above, $S,4oo ; lot 
between West Drive and Winchester Avenue, W. of the above, 
$9,450 ; lot west of Homestead Park bounded south by Munson 
St., $16,230 ; lot bounded west on Ashmun St., north on Munson 
St., $14,900. 

720 The Munson Record. 

Mr. Munson was superintendent of the Sunday-school con- 
nected with the Chapel of the Good Shepherd for some twelve 
years ; the fifteen teachers of the school manifested their esteem 
by presenting him with a photograph of the group. There is 
also in possession of the family a photograph thus inscribed : 
" To Henry A. Munson, from his old friend Samuel F. B. Morse. 
New York, March 17th, 1870." 

Mary A.' (Joseph", Joseph 5 , Israel') b. 30 Sept. 1817 ; m. 9 Feb. 
1847 William Sellew of Cincinnati (bro. of Samuel B.'s w.) ; he 
d. 15 Oct. 1877. Cong.; res. Cincinnati, O., New Haven, Ct., 

Children : 

i. Emily Munson 8 b. 11 July 1848 ; m. 2 Oct. 1S73 Dr. Abner Thorp 

b. 26 Oct. 1S38 ; she d. 12 Aug. 1874. 
ii. Henry William 9 b. 24 Nov. 1849 ; d. 24 March 1854. 
iii. Ralph Hooker 6 b. 27 May 1851 ; m. 10 Sept. 1873 R. Ella Moore ; 

1 son, 3 dau.; res. " Avondale," in Cincinnati, 
iv. Lucy Hamilton 8 b. 8 Jan. 1854 ; unm.; d. 25 Feb. 1872. 

Marj' A. 7 received one-eleventh of her uncle Elisha's estate and 
one-eighth of her brother Joseph's. She became a member of the 
North Church in June 1840. The Sellews were iron-merchants ; 
previously to the reverses of 1875, they were ranked among the 
wealthiest citizens. Mrs. S. now resides with her son. 


Rebecca T. 7 (James*, Joseph", Israel') b. 5 April 1814; m. (by 
Dr. Croswell) 28 Oct. 1841 Samuel B. Gorham of New Haven, 
b. abt. 1814, a tailor; she d. 7 Nov. 1858; he d. 14 Dec. 1868. 
Episc; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in N. H.: 

i. Sarah Ella 8 b. 14 Dec. 1844 ; d. 5. Oct. 1848. 
ii. Rebecca Munson 8 b. 23 May 1S46 ; unm.; d. 2 June 1881. 
iii. Julia Barney 8 b. 5 July 1848; unm.; member St. Paul's Ch.; res. 

Warren St., New Haven. 
iv. Samuel 8 b. 23 Feb. 1850 ; d. 16 May 1869. 
v. Mary Clarissa 8 b. 6 April 1852; unm.; teacher in the Wooster 

School ; member St. Paul's ; res. New Haven, 
vi. Grace Caroline 6 b. 14 March 1S55 ; m. 16 Oct. 1S83 Walstien E. 
Munson ; member St. Paul's ; see Walstien E. % 

Rebecca T. 7 and her husband settled on the southeast corner of 
Meadow and Prout streets, where all their children were born. 
Both were communicants in St. Paul's Church. 

Clan Israel*: Sarah '. 721 

In July 1836 her uncle Elisha presented her with a 3-acre wood- 
lot on West Rock, bounded E. on the highway at the foot of the 
Rock about 1 chain 8 links, and W. on the W. line of the 8th Div. 
land on said Rock. She was also one of Elisha's heirs. A part 
of her heritage was a lot bounded easterly on College Street 36 
feet, and south on Wall Street no feet; and one share Union 
Wharf stock, $300. 

Sarah' (Isaac 6 , Israel 5 , Israel 4 ) b. 23 Aug. 1795 ! **• 2 9 Nov. 1821 
Robinson son of Moseley Hall, b. in Wallingford 15 Nov. 1797, a 
farmer; she d. 24 Sept. 1851; he d. 29 Jan. 1861. Cong.; res. 
Wallingford, Vt. 

Children, *. in W.: 
i. Esaias 8 b. 6 Sept. 1S22 ; m. Louise Danforth ; m. (2nd) Elizabeth 
Congden ; supt. of coal-mine ; Rep.; Cong.; res. Wilmington, 111. 
ii. Walter Day 8 b. 22 Oct. 1825 ; d. 8 Dec. 1836. 
iii. Isaac Moseley 8 b. 30 Dec. 1830 ; d. 7 Oct. 1851. 

iv. Cornelius 8 b. 2 May 1833 ; m. Armenia Eddy ; in. (2nd) Wid. Cook ; 
res. South Wallingford, Vt. 

Sarah 7 was one of the heirs of her uncle Israel. Robinson 
Hall is said to have been "a portly, noble-looking man, a general 
of militia, and an influential citizen." He took prominent part in 
the building of the railroad between Bennington and Rutland, a 
distance of fifty miles ; it ran near his house. He was a director 
of the road and indeed for a short time president. By this enter- 
prise he lost $40,000, and, G. C. says, " would have lost a good 
deal more if he had had it." 

Mary A.' (Isaac 6 , Israel 5 , Israel 1 ) b. n July 1804 ; m. 22 Oct. 1829 
Philip son of Philip Edgerton, b. 4 Feb. 1807 in W., a farmer, 
mechanic, and Rep.; he d. 19 June 1875 ; shea'. 1 May 1880. Cong.; 
res. Chautauqua Co., N. Y., Clarendon, Rutland, Vt. 

Children : 
i. Lucius M. s b. 19 June 1832 in Ellery, N. Y.; d. 2 April 1834. 
ii. SaralT b. 7 April 1S35 in St. Clairsville, N. Y.; d. 3 Aug. 1S36. 
iii. Ann Elizabeth 8 b. 6 Jan. 1838 in St. C; d. 27 Oct. 1851. 
iv. Emma Louisa 8 b. 15 Dec. 1839 in St. C; unm.; Cong.; res. Rut- 
land, Vt. 
v. Edward Munson 8 b. 22 July 1842 in St. C.J m. 3 Oct. 1866 Susan A. 
dau. of Gideon Dyer; jeweller; Rep.; Cong.; res. Chicago, 111. 
vi. Mary F. 8 b. 21 April 1846 in Clarendon ; /«. 31 Oct. 1867 Charles M. 
son of James R. Noble, of Tinmouth ; Cong.; res. Tinmouth, 

722 The Munson Record. 

Vt., Everett, Ms. (1875), Freedom. Butler Co., Kan. (1S83) ; 
C. M. N. elected to legislature ("People's P.") 1892; 7 ch. — 
(1) Charles B. 9 b. 30 June 1S69, res. State of Wash., (2) Frances 
Munson 9 b. 15 July 1871, res. in Tolt, Wash., (3) James E. 9 b 17 
April 1S76, (4) George M. 9 b. 21 Oct. 1879, (5) Albert P. 9 b. 12 Oct. 
1883, (6) Emma C. 9 b. 23 Nov. 1S85, (7) Mary Edgerton 9 b. 31 
May 1888. 

Mary' had a share of her uncle Israel's property. She and her 
husband returned from N. Y. S. and bought a farm in Clarendon. 
Her husband was not a financier, and the property disappeared. 


Isaac B.' (Isaac 6 , Israel", Israel 4 ) b. 1 May 1806 ; m. 9 Sept. 1830 
Emeline M. dau. of Day Hall of Granville, Ms., b. 10 May 1804; 
she d. 21 April 1872 ; he d. 2 Dec. 1876. Farmer, capitalist ; Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Wallingford, Vt. 

Children, b. in W.: 
765. i. Mary Cornelia 8 b. 13 Jan. 1835. 

ii. William Day 8 b. 10 Aug. 1836 ; m. 1 Sept. 1S59 Sarah dau. of Rev. 

Joseph Packer of W.; he d. 28 Aug. 1863 ; Rep.; Cong.; served 

as Union soldier in the War ; 1 ch. — Mary L. 9 b. 23 May 1862 in 

W.; res. Chicago, 111. 
iii. Sarah Louise 8 b. 10 May 1838 ; m. 17 Sept. 1862 George G. Field of 

Boston, fire-insurance; no ch. ; Unit.; res. Cambridge, Ms. 
iv. Harriet Ellen 8 b. 19 Dec. 1840; m. S Nov. 1859 William E. Shaw 

of W. ; he d. 16 Feb. 1879; m. (2nd) 4 Nov. 1880 J. Horace Earle 

of W.; no ch.; Cong.; res. Wallingford. 
v. Isaac 8 b. 9 March 1844 ; d. 20 Dec. 1847. 

Isaac B.' was an heir of his uncle, the Boston merchant, and 
managed his property securely. He lived on a farm, but a few 
years before his death he moved to the village. 

Israel' (Isaac 8 , Israel 6 , Israel 4 ) b. 18 March 1808 ; ;;/. 19 Sept. 
1845 Matilda D. dau. of Chauncey Clark, b. in Massena, N. Y., 
2 June 181 8, Episc.; she d. 9 Dec. 1881. Farmer, capitalist ; Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Wallingford, Vt. 

Children, b. in \V.: 

i. Kirk Guy 8 b. 28 Oct. 1846; unm. ; Rep.: invalid ; res. Wallingford. 
ii. Isaac Edward* b. g June 1851 ; unm. ; Rep. ; Cong. ; res. Wallingford. 

Israel' was an heir of Israel . He is a large real-estate owner 
and is quite wealthy ; his property is more than double that of 
any other man in town. He now owns the old homestead. 

Clan Israel*: Ann E. 1 723 

Ann E.' (Isaac", Israel 5 , Israel 4 ) b. 30 March 1S10; m. Oct. 1835 
Charles son of John Hulett, of Veteran, N. Y., a farmer, capi- 
talist, Dem., Univ., Episc., (m. thrice) ; she d. 4 Oct. 1843 ; he d. 26 
Jan. 1883. Cong.; res. Veteran, Elmira (1844), N. Y. 

Children, b. in V.: 

i. Ann Elizabeth s b. 16 April 1837 ; m. John Arnot, jr., of Elmira, a 
banker ; was mayor and Member „ 

of Congress ; he d. 20 Nov. 1SS6 ; of. ^ &/ jL ^£- 
res. Elmira, N. Y.; 3 children. **■ &. 71. /n*~*^ 

ii. Edward Munson 6 b. 30 April 1839 ; m. 16 July 1868 ; wife d. in 
Kan.; m. (2nd) in Cleveland, O.; lawyer ; res. Fort Scott, Kan.; 
1 ch. — Charles Edward 9 b. 19 April 1869, in Williams Coll., class 
of '93. 

iii. Sophia 8 , d. a. 12 y. 

iv. Mary Frances 8 b. 1 Sept. 1843 ; m. Edward Comstock, a lumber- 
man of some magnitude; res. Rome, N. Y.; 5 ch. — of whom 
Edward" is in Princeton Coll., class of '96. 

Hon. Charles Hulett was born in Reading, Vt., 19 Feb. 1805. 
His father removed from Reading to Veteran, N. Y., in 1827. His 
grandfather had lived in Wallingford, Vt., and his great-grand- 
father in Hadley, Ms. Charles passed his minority at home on 
the farm, enjoying only a limited opportunity for education by 
means of books. He spent a life of activity as an agriculturist, 
and gradually acquired a large property. 

He was always an unswerving Democrat. He was ardent, 
active and influential in politics, and prominent in the councils 
of his party. In i860 he represented Chemung County in the 
Charleston Presidential Convention. In 1863 he represented his 
county in the Legislature, and for several years he served Veteran, 
Elmira, and Horseheads, as supervisor. During the civil war he 
was a staunch supporter of the Union cause and acted on the War 
committee of his district. 

Louisa 7 (Isaac 8 , Israel 5 , Israel*) b. 31 March 1812 ; m. 29 Dec. 
1830 Philander Goodyear son of Chauncey Clark, b. in Mt. Holly, 
Vt., 24 Aug. 1805 (a bro. of Israel"s wife), a farmer, capitalist and 
Rep.; she d. 21 Aug. 1866; he d. 18 Oct. 1890. Cong.; res. Wal- 
lingford, Vt. 

Children : 
i. George Munson 8 b. 13 April 1832 in Manchester, Vt.; m. 3 July 
1853 Adelaide dau. of Arnold Nicholson; mechanic; Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Wallingford. 

724 The Munson Record. 

ii. Charles C. ? b. 25 July 1834 in Wallingford ; d. 11 Feb. 1836. 

iii. A son b. 3 Sept. 1837 in W.j d. 5 Oct. 1837. 

iv. Henrietta 8 b. 9 Jan. 1839 in W.; m. 22 June 185S Justin son of 
Lyman Batcheller, a fork manufacturer; Cong.; res. Walling- 
ford ; 2 ch. — (1) Birney C. 9 b. 16 April 1865, res. Philadelphia, 
(2) Anna L. 9 b. 18 Aug. 1S70, res. at home (1892). 

v. Frances C. 8 b. 27 April 1841 in W.; d. 3 Aug. 1841. 

vi. William Pitt s b. 31 Oct. 1845 in W.; unm.; farmer; Rep.; Cong.; 
res. Wallingford. He resides at the old home, " Maple Grove 
Farm," a resort for city-boarders in summer ; he is a breeder of 
horses and sheep. In the latter part of the War he was a member 
of the Vt. militia organized for the defence of the northern frontier, 
vii. Isaac Chauncey 8 /». 21 Aug. 1S52 in W.; d. 20 Sept. 1S77 ; farmer ; 
Rep.; Cong. 

This family had a share of Israel's estate, and has been success- 
ful in managing the property. 

Edward 7 (Isaac 6 , Israel', Israel 4 ) b. 7 April 1S14 ; m. 2 June 1836 
Mary Ann dau. of Bishop Squire, of Granville, Ms., /'. 16 Sept. 
1808; he d. 11 Sept. 1870; she d. 9 Sept. 1873. Farmer; Rep.; 
Presb.; res. Sennett, Cayuga Co., N. Y. 

Children : 

i. George Edward 8 b. 22 March 1838 in Granville, Ms.; m. n March 
1863 Susan C. dau. of Edward Waldron of Sennett; no ch. ; 
farmer; Rep.; Bapt.; res. Sennett, N. Y. 

ii. Hervey Squire 8 b. 26 Feb. 1840 in Sennett ; m. 12 Oct. 1864 Clara 
E. dau of John Butin of Chittenango ; she d. 6 Oct. 1886 ; m (2nd) 
29 Oct. 1889 Margaret Cook b. in Belfast, Ire.; no ch. ; shoe- 
cutter ; Presb.; res. Syracuse (17 yrs.), Rochester, N. Y. (since 
iii. Theresa Frances 8 *. 5 Nov. 1841 in S.; m. 26 Oct. 1865 Charles M. 
son of Solomon Davis of Utica ; no ch.; she ./. 15 April 1867; 
Rep.; Presb. 
iv. Helen Elizabeth 8 /'. 9 March 1S46 in S.; m. in Auburn 5 March 1S85 
William Henry Meaker, treas. of Cayuga County Savings Bank ; 
no ch.; Rep.; Presb.; res. 

Auburn, N. Y. This worthy jg^^ $% ^C^c^C^ 
cousin manifests great in- 
terest in the Family enterprises and has collected most of the 
genealogical facts regarding the descendants of her grandfather 
Isaac. 6 

v. Charles Israel s b. 6 Oct. 1848 in S.; m. 20 Dec. 1S76 Charlotte L. 
dau. of William White, of Brockport, N. Y.; mechanic; Rep.; 
Meth.; res. Rochester, N. Y.; 1 ch. — Charles Edward 9 *. 7 Sept. 
1881 in Brockport. For several years C. I. 8 was in a reaper- 
factory at Brockport ; for eight or ten yrs. has repaired locomo- 
tives in Rochester. 

Clan Israel': Sarah R? 725 

Edward 7 dwelt for a time in Granville, Ms., where he married. 
He removed thence to Sennett. The property which he inherited 
from his parents and his uncle Israel was large ; but he engaged 
in speculation and lost most of it. 

Sarah R. 8 (Amos', Joseph", Joseph 6 , Israel*) b. 2 Jan. 1821 ; m. 7 
Sept. 1846 Alfred W. Weld of Guilford, a carriage-maker, now 
janitor Yale Art School building; she d. 30 March 1881. Cong.; 
res. Wall St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Emma Frances 9 /). 2 Oct. 1S47 in N. H. 
ii. Mary Elizabeth 9 b. 3 Oct. 1S53 in N. H. 

iii. Sarah Ellen 9 b. 13 Aug. 1S56 ; m. 7 Sept. 1S75 Charles A. Eno, a D. 
G. clerk ; res. New Haven ; 3 ch. — (1) Alice 10 b. April 1SS1, d. 
Aug. 18S2, (2) Flossie 10 b. Jan. 1883, (3) Leroy 10 b. Aug. 1890. 

Sarah R. 8 received by the Will of her great-aunt Sarah $50, pre- 
sumably for her name. She became a member of the North Ch. 
in December 1835. Her daughters received from her uncle 
Joseph's estate the portion which would have fallen to her. 


John A. 6 (Amos' Joseph", Joseph*, Israel') b. 8 July 1829 ; m. 13 
Sept. 1850 Martha J. Wooding of Bethany, Ct.; 5 ch.; she d. 19 
June 1873 ; m. (2nd) 28 April 1874 Margret A. Ormstead. Res. 
Grove St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. John Henry 9 b. 9 Aug. 1851 ; d. 22 Oct. 1S51. 
ii. Charles H. 9 b. 10 Nov. 1S53 ; d. 9 Aug. 1870. 
iii. Elizabeth A. 9 b. 20 Nov. 1855 ; d. 10 Dec. 1S5S. 
iv. James Buchanan 9 /'. 22 Sept. 1857 ; m. 2 June 1S7S Annie C. Blake ; 
divorced ; m. (2nd) 2 June 1892 Fannie Wilbur of No. Raynham, 
Ms.; assistant of S. M. Munson ; res. New Haven, 
v. Hattie H. 9 b. 6 March 1S63. 

John A." has been a pie-baker, a policeman, and a storekeeper. 
He inherited from his uncle Joseph one-sixth of the portion which 
would have fallen to his father. He became major of the Gov- 
ernor's Foot Guard (New Haven) 24 April 1861. He served in 
the late War as Sergt. Co. D, 27 Conn. Vol.; enlisted 9 Sept. 1862 ; 
was wounded at Fredericksburg 13 Dec. 1862 ; discharged 27 July 

726 The Munson Record. 

Charles E/ (Amos 7 , Joseph", Joseph 6 , Israel 4 ) b. 11 May 1831 ; m. 
25 Aug. 1852 Margret E. Atwell. Pie-baker ; res. New York City. 

Children : 

i. Mary L. 8 b. 3 June 1853 ; >"■ Seymour Frasick ; res. formerly with 

her grandmother in New Haven, but now New York City, 

ii. Martha 9 b. 2 June 1855. 

iii. Ellen 3 b. 30 Sept. 1856; d. 11 Oct. 1856. 

iv. Lizzie A. 9 b. 4 Dec. 1857 ; d. 26 Jan. 1859. 

v. George A. 9 b. 9 Jan. i860 ; m.; d. 27 March 1S84 in N. Y. C. 

vi. Ella M. 9 b. 8 April 1S62. 

vii. Edward A. 9 b. 20 July 1864. 

viii. Carrie A. 9 b. 29 Jan. 1S68. 

ix. Charles H. 9 b. 6 March 1871. 

x. Lillian E. 9 b. 17 Feb. 1874. 

xi. Florence G. 9 b. 23 March 1877. 

Charles E. 6 carries on the pie-baking business which was estab- 
lished by his father in New York. His place is in East 21st St. 

Samuel M." (Amos 7 , Joseph 6 , Joseph 5 , Israel 1 ) b. 3 May 1833 ; 
m. 8 Aug. 1854 Elizabeth dau. of Bazel Munson. Pie-baker ; 
Meth.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Frederick Brace 9 b. 25 Oct. i860 ; m. 23 June 1892 Sarah Mills of N. 

Y. C. ; associated in business with his father, 
ii. Albert M. 9 b. 20 June 1867 ; d. 23 Oct. 1873 ; while the driver of a 
pie-wagon on which he was riding went into a store, some hogs 
came out from between two houses and frightened the horses, 
which resulted in Bertie's being thrown out and his legs crushed 
by pie-boxes ; he d. of lockjaw. 

We quote from the History of the City of Neiv Haven : " Much of 
the development and prosperity of Mr. Amos Munson's business 
has been due to his youngest son, Samuel Merwin Munson, who 
was eleven years old when the enterprise was begun. From that 
time on he has been engaged in it. He was his father's efficient 
coadjutor until (in 1868) he entered into partnership with H. H. 
Olds, with whom he continued until the Fall of 1872. In the fol- 
lowing Spring he established himself in business, and in 1874 the 
full control of his father's New Haven enterprise passed into his 
hands. It has since been conducted under the firm-name of S. M. 
Munson and Co., and its good reputation and extent have 
increased with each year, agencies and wagon-routes being main- 

Cla?i Israel*: Samuel M.' 727 

tained in the principal cities." In 1882 this pie factory was 
employing about fifty hands, and producing daily some four 
thousand pies. 

It may be interesting to notice that the tract containing the 
celebrated "Judges Cave" on West Rock was sold by Mr. Mun- 
son in 1890 to the city of New Haven, that it might form a part of 
the public Park ; it formerly belonged to his father. 


Mary L. 6 (Amos', Joseph , Joseph 5 , Israel 4 ) b. 28 Aug. 1837 ; m. 
16 June 1857 Dennis Frisbie b. abt. 1836 in Guilford, Ct., a 
machinist. Res. Philadelphia, Pa., New York City. 

Children, b. in New Haven : 
i. William M. 9 b. 28 March 1858 ; res. New Haven, 
ii. Hattie M. 9 b. 8 June 1859 ! d- r 4 Au g- l8 59- 
iii. Minnie S. 9 b. 21 Oct. 1866 ; res. N. Y. C. 

D. Frisbie and Company are doing business in elevators, station- 
ary and hoisting engines, etc., at 112 Liberty Street. 


Mary E. 8 (Harvey 7 , Joseph 6 , Joseph 5 , Israel') b. 20 March 1830 ; 
m. 7 March 1853 Charles Peck b. abt. 1826 in Waterbury, a 
machinist. Res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Emily F.' b. 27 May 1S54; m. 12 Dec. 18S2 David K. Mix, an 
Adirondack guide ; res. Long Lake, Hamilton Co., N. Y.; 3 
ch.— (1) Mattie I. 10 b. 24 Nov. 1S84, (2) H. Winifred 10 b. 30 March 
1888, (3) Stella E. 10 b. 18 April 1889. 
ii. Charles H.' J iii. Willie F. 9 

iv. Robert J." b. 22 April 1S62 ; m. 15 Oct. 1890 Mattie A. Chase ; boat- 
builder ; res. Cocoa, Brevard Co., Fla. 

Mary E." received from her uncle Joseph's estate $1682. 


Martha A." (Harvey 7 , Joseph", Joseph", Israel') b. 30 May 1839 ; 
m. 25 Dec. 1859 Alexander H. Buckingham b. abt. 1837 in Troy, 
N. Y.; he d. 22 March 1892. Res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Alfred H. 9 b. 14 Oct. i860 ; m, 27 May 1S32 Neva E. Thompson of 
East Haven ; has succeeded his father in business ; 2 ch.— (1) 
Grace M.'° b. 20 Oct. 1889, (2) Arthur K.'° b. 22 Dec. 1890. 

728 77*i? Munson Record. 

ii. Julia E. 5 b. 17 March 1S66 ; m. 19 Nov. 1890 Williams S. Wheeler, 

a "professor of music" ; res. New Haven. 
iii. May E.' b. 5 April 1S71 ; ;«. 27 Sept. 1889 Charles Kohrer, a 
machinist ; res. New Haven ; 1 ch. — Alice May 10 b. 17 July 1892. 
iv. Albert H. 9 b. 5 Aug. 1876 ; res. at home. 
v. Mattie A. 9 b. 23 Nov. 1878. 

Martha A. s received from her uncle's estate §1682. Her husband 
was engaged in cornice-making, tinsmithing, and copper work. 
He enlisted in 20th Conn. Regt., which fought at Chancellorsville, 
Gettysburg, Atlanta, etc., and had part in Sherman's March to the 
Sea ; promoted from 1st Sergt. Co. G to 2nd Lt., Nov. 1, '63 ; 1st 
Lt. Co. A, Jan. 22, '65 ; mustered out, June 13, '65. 

Samuel B.' (Samuel B. T , Joseph 6 , Joseph 5 , Israel') b. 18 Aug. 
1839 ; m. 16 Dec. i860 Annie Maria dau. of Mathias Schauble, b. in 
Germany 19 Dec. 1840. Manufacturer of stove-castings; Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Chicago, 111. 

Children, b. in Wisconsin : 

i. Emma Hooker 9 b. 26 April 1S69. 

ii. Jessie Hackett 9 b. 10 Feb. 1871 ; m. (by Rev. Francis M. Munson) 10 
Feb. 1892 Ralph W. Crump of Chicago (a Virginian, in the whole- 
sale leaf-tobacco business) ; 1 ch. — Annie Louise 10 £. 29 Nov. 1892. 

S. B. 8 was a resident of St. Louis in i860, and of Lake City, 
Minn., about 1872. He was disabled by a fall while pruning a tree 
in June 1890. 


Francis M." (Samuel B. 7 , Joseph 6 , Joseph 5 , Israel*) b. 26 Aug. 
1848 ; m. 4 April 1877 Marion Sallie dau. of William W. Lamar, b. 
in Maysville, Ky. Clergyman ; Episc.; res. Cleveland, O. 

Children : 
i. Francis Merton 9 b. 23 Feb. 1878. 
ii. Dudley Lamar' b. 7 April 1S79. 
iii. Elsa Genevieve 9 *. 15 Nov. 1881. 

Francis M. s was admitted by profession to the 1st Cong. Church 
in Cincinnati in 1S64. He graduated at Dartmouth College 187 1, 
after which he studied in Germany, and received from his Alma 
Mater the degree of A. M. He was engaged in general business 
until 15 April 1883, when he was admitted to Holy Orders by 
Bishop Dudley. He was a resident of Cincinnati until 1880, 
when he removed to Aurora, Ind., where he had charge of St. 

Clan Israel*: Francis M.' 729 

Mark's Church. He has since been rector successively of St. 
Philip's Ch., Circleville, St. Paul's, Marion, and St. Mary's, Cleve- 
land, O.; he is dean of the Cleveland Convocation. 

Mary C. a (Isaac B.', Isaac", Israel 6 , Israel') b. 13 Jan. 1835 ; m. 5 
Sept. 1854 Charles D. Childs, b. 1830, a farmer; she d. 17 Sept. 
1866. Cong.; res. Wallingford, Vt. 

Children : 
i. Mary Cornelia 9 A. 17 June 1855 in Suffield, Ct.; m. 20 May 1SS0 
Clarence O. Perkins of Rutland; Episc; res. Rutland, Vt.; 3 
ch.— (1) Louise Childs 10 b. 25 April 1SS2, (2) Henrietta Hall 10 b, 9 
March 18S7, (3) Emilie Childs 10 b. 20 May 1890. 

ii. Charles Munson 9 *. 17 Nov. 1856 in S.; d. 17 April 1857. 

iii. Eraeline Munson 9 *. 13 Sept. 1859 in Wallingford ; m. 18 Jan. 1882 
Albert P. McGraw of McGrawville ; Cong.; res. McGrawville, 
N. Y.; 2 ch.— (1) Charles Albert 10 *. 28 Dec. 1886, (2) Agnes 
Childs 10 b. 12 Nov. 1S91. 

iv. William D. 9 ^. 12 April 1864 in W.; drowned in Otter Creek 23 July 

73° The Munson Record. 

Clan Daniel. 4 

Theophilus % , Samuel*, Thomas 1 . 

Daniel 4 £. 12 Jan. i7o 8 / 9 ; m. (by Rev. Hezekiah Gold) 27 April 
1730 Mary dau. of Joseph Gorham of Stratford; he d. 21 June 
1746. Physician ; Episc; res. Stratford, Ct. 

Children : 

767. i. Kirk 5 bp. i Aug. 1731 as "Joseph Cirk Munson" at 1st Ch., New- 

ii. George 5 b. 21 July 1740, rec. Stratford ; settled in Philadephia, R. H. 

Greene believes, 
iii. Sarah 5 b. 21 Nov. 1742, rec. Stratford. 

768. iv. Daniel 5 b. 4 April 1745, rec. Stratford ; bp. at Christ Ch. 7 April 


Daniel 4 was the first of the American Munsons to become a 
physician. He graduated at Yale College A.B. 'in 1726, and 
received the degree of A.M. 1729. His father's Will says : 
" Daniells Education & what he has Since Receiv? of me is to be 
accounted equal to what I have given my two Sons Benjamin & 
Theophilus by Deed." 

Rector of the celebrated Hopkins Grammar School in New 
Haven 1729-30: "Agreed with Ensigne theophelus Munson for 
his son Daniell Munson to keep the gramer scholl for on year to 
begin 2 2d Nouember and to keep about 7 hours in the day in the 
winter season and about 8 hours in the sumer season in each day 
and not to exceed twelve play dayes in the year and for his Reward 
he is to have the money Raysed on the scoollers heads and the 
Rents of the mony and of the land and Meadow of this present 

His marriage was recorded in New Haven, where he resided, we 
may suppose, until 1740. The following transaction is on record: 
" Daniel Munson of New haven hath Sold unto Mr Isaac Williams 
of Stoning Town (by way of exchange) a bay horse with a Star in 
the fore head seven years old 15 price entred Septem 1 !' the io'? 1 1731 
by a note under the hand of the vendor." "Isaac Willia- of 
Stoning Town hath sold unto Daniel Munson of New haven (by 
way of exchange) A Large Rone maire about 6 years old with a 
dull Star in the fore head branded with the Letter K on the near 
Shoulder & with the Letter M on the Left thigh twenty pounds 
price entred Septem 1 !' the 10- 1731 from a note under the hand of 













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Clan Daniel*: Himself. 731 

the vendor." He was witness to a conveyance by his father, which 
is recorded in New Haven, 17 Feb. 1736. 

We quote from the record at Stratford : Ebenezer Hurd for £7 
paid "by Doctor Daniel Munson " of Stratford conveys "Two 
acres Right of Commonage in the Township of Stratford within 
y e Limits of four miles extention from y e old Society Meeting 
House in s d Stratford Together with y e division granted to be laid 
out on s d Right & it is yet To be Taken up within s d Limits of 
four miles from y e s? Meeting House for him y e s- Munson his 
heirs," &c. Aprill 9, 1740. 

At a court of probate held in Fairfield 14 May 1743 " Dan- 
Munson and Daniel Hawley were by s? Court appointed Adminis- 
trators Cum Testamento annexo on y e Estate of Joseph Goreham 
late of Stratford Dec d ." This Will gives the use of J. G.'s home- 
stead to his wife Temperance (who d. before 15 April 1743). 
Another provision is — " I give to my Daughter Mary Munson a 
Silver Poringer with no mark and a Spoon markt \% S." 

Doctor Munson became a communicant in Christ Church, Strat- 
ford, 5 Feb. 1744*. His widow married at Stratford 9 Nov. 1747 
Benjamin Arnold. 

We are indebted to R. H. Greene, Esq., for the following : — 

Mary Gorham was born at Yarmouth, Ms. Her parents were Joseph b. 15 
April 1681 and Sarah his first wife, who may have died before her husband's 
removal to Stratford, Ct. The father of Joseph, James b. 2 (8) April 1650 was 
the fourth of eleven children of Capt. Jno. Gorham who commanded the Barn- 
stable Company, in the great Swamp fight 19 Dec. 1675 at Narragansett, King 
Philip's war, where he contracted disease from cold and exposure of which he 
died at Swansea 5 Feb. 1676. The captain's eldest child Desire Gorham b. 2 
April 1644 m. Jno. s. of Edward Hawes and had Mary who m. Jno. Bacon ; their 
daughter Desire Bacon m. William Greene, father of Capt. James, father of Capt. 
Richard, father of Wm. Webb, the father of Richard Henry Greene who m. 
(817) Mary Gertrude 9 Munson whose descent from the same is given elsewhere. 
Capt. John Gorham came to Plymouth, Ms., 1643, from Benefield, Eng., where 
he was bap. 28 Jan. 1621. He was Deputy from Yarmouth. His father Ralph 
b- 1575 was son of James b. Benefield, Northampton, Eng., 1550, m. Agnes Ber- 
nington in 1572 and d. 1576. Capt. Jno. Gorham m. Desire dau. Jno. Howland 
the Pilgrim who m. on the " Mayflower" Elizabeth dau. of John and Bridget 
(Van der Velde) Tilley, all "Mayflower" pilgrims. These three Tilleys were 
the last of the name as Elizabeth was their only child and both parents died soon 
after the landing at Plymouth. John Howland (b. 1593, d. 23 Feb. 1673) was son 
of John of Newport, Essex, Eng., who was s. of John, of London, bapt. 11 Aug. 
1541, and his wife Emma dau. of Nicholas Revell. This John was s. of John 
and his wife Anne Greenway ; and he was s. of John Howland citizen and Salter, 
London, — five generations of the name, including the Pilgrim. 

* He was among the contributors to its support in Feb. 1742. 

73 2 The Munson Record. 

Kirk 6 (Daniel') bp. 1 Aug. 1731 ; m. Margaret Chapin* said to 
have been of Enfield. Res. Huntingtonf, Ct. 
Children : 
i. " Anne 6 dau. )o: Kirk " bp. 16 July 1758 at Christ Church, Stratford, 
ii. " Sarah 6 dau. Jo s . Kirk " bp. 5 Oct. 1760 at Christ Church ; m. John 

iii. Polly 8 , m. George Clark, 
iv. Katy 6 , m. Hollister of Farmington ; 2 ch. — Minnie 7 and Olivia 7 . 

769. v. Joseph [Kirk] 6 b. 13 Aug. 1765. 

Kirk's 6 name was originally Joseph Kirk 6 ; his son's name 
was originally Joseph 6 , to which he added Kirk on removing to 
New Haven where there was already a Joseph. 

Daniel 6 (Daniel 1 ) b. 4 April 1745 ; m. (by Mr. Prudden) 22 May 
1766 Mary Sears ; he d. 27 Oct. 1827 ; she d. Oct. 1833, ce. 85. 
Episc; res. Milford, Ct. 
Children : 

770. i. William 6 b. 26 Feb. 1767. 

ii. Sarah 6 (" Sary ") b. 3 Sept. 1769 ; m.y res. Seymour, Ct. 

iii. Mary 6 b. n Aug. 1771. 

iv. Daniel 6 b. 20 Sept. 1773 ; wife d. in Milford 3 Jan. 1797 ; m. (2nd) 19 
March 1798 Fanny TollesJ ; res. State of N. Y.; ch. — of whom 
were Lewis' and Preston 7 , — the latter lived in Saginaw, Mich., 
where he died. 

v. Elizabeth 6 /). 30 July 1775; in. Griswold ; 1 ch.; m. (2nd) 1 Sept. 
1800 Philip Salsbury of Providence, R. I.; 2 ch.g; res. N. Y. C.j 
3 ch. — (1) Leverett 7 , a sea-captain, res. N. Y. O, (2) Elizabeth 7 , m. 
Bursley of Massachusetts, (3) Grace Ann 7 , in. Capt. Samuel 
Collins, res. N. Y. City. 

vi. John 6 b. 27 Jan. 1778 ; m. 2 Sept. 1801 Mehetabel Herrick|| ; Cong.; 
res. New Haven, N. Y. City ; he became a member of First Ch., 
New Haven, 29 May 1809, was excommunicated 1S16 ; Mehetabel 
joined the First Ch. 29 April 1821, was dismissed 1S26; they were 
both living 11 March 1S35 in N. Y. C, where John kept a sailor's 
boarding-house ; 4 ch. bp. 1st Ch. 6 Aug. 1809 — Henry 7 , Harriet 7 , 
John 7 , Stephen Herrick 7 ; had also Robert 7 , unm., and prob. 
Susan 7 and Mary 7 . 

vii. Fanny 6 b. 27 Dec. 1780; m. 29 Nov. 1798 Harvey Bronson of Water- 
bury ; res. Derby, Ct. ; several ch., one named Harvey 7 . 

* Dau. of Elihu son of Japhet who was />. at Roxbury, Ms., 15 Oct. 1642 ; his father came from 
England 1638 and removed to Springfield 1642. 

t Taken from Stratford 1789. 

t Rec. 1st Ch., Milford. 

§ Mary Monson and Elizabeth (ch. of P. S.) were baptized at First Church, New Haven, in 

II Rec. 1st Ch., New Haven. 

Clan Daniel*: D attic P. 733 

771. viii. Isaac 6 i. 27 April 1782. 

ix. Patty 6 b. 20 May 1784 ; m. 28 Oct. 1S02 Caleb C. Northrup ; 1 ch.; 
m. (2nd) Lines; res. N. Y. City; ch. — (1) Allen", (2) dau., ;«. 

772. x. Gorham 6 b. 31 May 1786. 

773. xi. Ransom 6 b. 8 June 1789 in Milford. 

774. xii. Lewis 8 (" Lues ") b. 1 Feb. 1792 in Milford. 

Daniel 5 was residing in Milford as early as 17S2. Indeed there 
is on record at Milford, 1770, a "Town order to Daniel Munson 
jQo. 6.0." He was chosen 9 Dec. 1782 a surveyor of highways, an 
office to which he was again elected in Dec. 1786. 

Being " of Milford," he quitclaimed 11 March 1782 to Donald 
Treat his interest in 3 acres of meadow, bounded S. and W. upon 
a little creek. He conveyed to Israel Isbel, July 3 following, his 
right in one acre at Plumb's Mill, bounded N. on the country road 
and S. upon a creek. He sold John Plumb 1784 lands " at a Place 
called Red Bush" — 11 acres, and 25 acres bounded westerly on a 
creek, E. and N. upon highway, — " together with the Saw Mill and 
the Privaliges thereof " ; also some more land. He conveyed to 
J. Plumb 18 Sept. 1789 a dwelling-house "Near the road that leads 
to Wheelers Farms a little South of Stoney Brook," — with garden ; 
the same day Plumb conveyed the property to Daniel's wife. In 
June 1800 he took a lease from Christopher Law of 30 acres and 
66 acres (without the dwelling-house), the crops, "cyder" and 
taxes to be equally divided. He quitclaimed to C. Law 1801 six 
acres and twenty acres of meadow " at a place called the upper 
Meadow." And 15 Sept. 1820 Daniel and Mary for $150 conveyed 
to Lewis' Munson two and one-half acres, bounded E., S. and W. 
on highway, with dwelling-house, barn, &c. 

While the records of the marriages of Daniel's children indicate 
a preference for the Congregational way, his own name is found 
in a list of persons who "profess to belong to the Episcopal 
Society of Milford" ; date, 14 May 1788. His name is on the list 
of subscribers for the support of St. George's Church 1786, '87, '8S ; 
and he was chosen one of the five vestrymen in May 1786. 


Joseph K." (Kirk 6 , Daniel') b. 13 Aug. 1765 ; m. 1 Jan. 1789 
Lucinda Sears* b. 30 Jan. 1765, dau. of John (of Milford, and 

* We add, by favor of Mr. Greene : Lucinda Sears was dau. of John and Frances (Plum) 
Sears. He was son of John and Elizabeth (Mooret Sears. Frances was dau. Joseph and Eliza- 
beth (Bailey) Plumb ; he was son of John and Elizabeth (Norton) Plume, son of Robert and Mary 
(Baldwin) Plume, son of John and Dorothy Plume, son of Robert and Grace (Crackbonc) Plume, 
son of Robert and Elizabeth (Purcas) Plume, son of John and Elizabeth Plume. 

734 The Munson Record. 

Frances Plum), son of John the emigrant from England ; he d. 15 
Jan. 1841 ; she d. 21 Feb. 1848. Shoemaker, farmer; Cong.; res. 
Milford, New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Margaret 7 b, 10 Nov. 17S7 ; m. 24 Jan. 1S11 David Burwell b. 10 
Nov. 1786 ; he d. 1S11, a. 25 ; res. New Haven ; owned a dwell- 
ing-house in " the New-Township," in New Haven ; she d. 13 
Feb. 1SS3, a. 95 ; res. with her son ; she and her husband became 
members of North Church, New Haven, in November 1809, — she 
was dismissed 1S36 ; had son David Munson 8 b. 16 Feb. 1812, m. 
10 Nov. 1S33 Mary A. Vaughan, postmaster, res. Minnetonka, 
Minn., (has Margaret A. 9 b. 14 March 1S35, dec, Charles H.» b. 
iS Jan. 1S38, Mary G. 9 b. 22 Feb. 1S40, dec, William D. 9 b. 7 
Jan. 1845, and Fannie E. 9 b. 25 Sept. 1S47.) 

775. ii. Francis Plum 7 b. 5 Jan. 1790. 

776. iii. Charles 7 b. 14 Feb. 1792 in New Haven. 

777. iv. Hannah 7 b. 17 July 1794- 

778. v. Phebe 7 b. 15 Dec. 1796. 

vi. Mary 7 b. 7 Feb. 1799; bp. 31 March 1799, 2nd Ch., Milford; m. 
John M. W. Ailing (Allen) ; she d. 1842 ; '/« of her father's estate 
went to her heirs, she having deceased ; 2 ch. — (1) Sarah Smith 4 b. 
abt. June 1821, res. Pittsburg, Pa., has John 9 , David 9 , and Wil- 
liam 9 (surname unknown), (2) Joseph W. s b. 19 Dec. 1822, m. 9 
May 1847 Laura A. Hoadley, res. Naugatuck, Ct., has Henry 
Joseph 9 b. 11 Jan. 1S4S, and Adelaide Hoadley 9 b. 31 July 1854. 

vii. Lucinda 7 *. 26 July 1S02 ; m. 7 June Aaron Miller; she d. 22 Dec. 
1S80 ; her share of her father's estate included a right in the house 
he had occupied ; 2 ch. — (1) Sophia Louisa 3 b. 7 Aug. 1827, m. 12 
Dec. 1S47 Dr. Miles Spaulding, d. 4 Oct. 1852, res. Groton, Ms., 
(2) Margaret Elizabeth s b. 24 Dec. 1829, d. 6 March 1S32. 

779. viii. George 7 b. 11 Feb. 1S04. 

ix. Elihu Chapin 7 b. 7 March 1S07 ; made freeman in New Haven 5 
April 1830 ; unm.; d. 6 May 1S35 on a passage from New Orleans, 
and buried in the Gulf Stream. 

" Jo. Munson, Drum' " was on the roll of Capt. Joseph Birdsey's 
Co., in Col. Whiting's Regt. "in a tour at the alarm at New Haven 
and from there to Fairfield ; which was five days in service July 
4th, 1779" (This was the period of the New Haven Invasion.) 
R. H. Greene shows that this drummer was Joseph K.° at the age 
of thirteen ; also, that he served previously Oct. 5 — Oct. 27, 1777. 

While living in Milford, Jos. K.° was a shoemaker. He was a 
resident of that town 30 Oct. 1793, when he paid Isaac Gunn 
twenty shillings for land forty feet square, in the west part of the 
town, "at a place called Northrop's Tann Yard." In 1802 he sold 
[Catherine Louden wife of Peter 2J4 acres of sequestered land "at 
Stubing Plains." After his removal, he bought and sold a house 


[See p. 751.] 

Clan Daniel*: Joseph K.* 735 

situated at Milford. According to the records of the Second 
Church, Milford, " The covenant was propounded to Jo! Munson 
and wife" 25 March 1798; and the same day Peggy 7 , Francis 
Plum', Charles', Hannah 7 , and Phebe 7 , were baptized. June 26, 
1808, "The church voted a letter of recommendation to Mr. Joseph 
Munson and his wife Lucinda recommending them to the first 
church in New Haven." 

Public records state that Joseph was " of New Haven" July 1, 
1808. On the N. W. corner of Chapel and Academy streets (at 
Wooster Square) stood the New-Township Academy. The lot 
next west of this bounded 75 feet on Chapel St., and westerly on 
Zebul Bradley, was the property of Joseph's son-in-law David 
Burwell. As administrator of David"s estate, Joseph sold this lot 
with the dwelling-house upon it in 1812, and the same year pur- 
chased it himself, and made it his abode. He sold the westerly 
part of his place, with dwelling-house, to J. Mattoon in Sept. 
1822, and the easterly part " with the buildings " to E. Trowbridge 
in Oct. 1824. Joseph probably followed his trade until he pur- 
chased lands for a farm on the west side of the city in 1821. 

On the 12th of June he bought four houseless tracts which had 
belonged to the estate of the late Col. David Humphries : 43 acres 
"at a place called the Yorkshire quarter," bounded \V. on Dr. 
Eneas Monson and others " and the West River," N. on Derby 
Turnpike road, E. on highway ; one-half acre near the West River 
bridge at the elbow, bounded Southerly on Derby Turnpike road, 
W. and N. on West river, easterly on the Watering place ; 3 acres 
bounded E. on Harry Monson ; and 13 acres " called the Goodsell 
lot." He built a home for himself at the corner of Derby and 
Winthrop avenues. He bought several other pieces later. In 1835 
he sold the selectmen 3 acres "in West Mead 2 s", bounded W. by 
the West River, N. on Derby Turnpike road, and E. "on my own 
land at the foot of the Hill." The half-acre tract bought in 182 1 
was sold in 1837 to the Derby Turnpike Company. 

Though the letter of the Milford church recommended Joseph 
K. and his wife to the First Church in New Haven, they were 
admitted to membership in the North Church in April 1810. 
Joseph was chosen pound-keeper in Nov. 1823. 

His Will dated 14 Jan. 1841 was signed by a mark, " on account 
of bodily suffering." His farm of 49A acres at the corner of West 
street and Derby Turnpike road (bounded E. on West street), with 
the buildings on it, was valued at $3,750 ; total value of real-estate, 

736 The Munson Record. 

William (Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 26 Feb. 1767; m. 29 Jan. 1789 
Sarah Beardslev* ; both bur. in Coram b. g., 2^4 m. S. of Shelton. 
Farmer ; res. Huntington, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Joseph B. ",f m. unc. Susan ; m. (2nd) 3 Oct. 1847 Sarah A. Jackson 
of Derby! ; bur. in Long Hill b. g.; occ. various, including 
employment aboard sloops ; res. Huntington ; in 1826, he bought 
40 acres in Hunt, with a dwelling-house and barn " at a place 
known by the name of Long Hill at the lower part of Coram," — 
bounded S., W. and N. on highways, easterly on Housatonic 
river in part ; this property had belonged to his father in 1824 
and was repurchased by him in 1S30 ; Joseph sold 5 Dec. 1851 
(for $5) " the one-twentieth part of a certain fishing place situated 
. . in Long Hill Dist. and known as Sandy Hill Fishing place." 
Laura E. 6 relates that her uncle Joseph" followed the sea nearly 
all his life. She adds that when he used language in an unculti- 
vated way, he was told that he did not know anything ; he 
replied — " How should I know anything? for I never went into 
a meeting-house in all my born days." 
780. ii. Marcus 1 b. abt. 1791. 

751. iii. Albert L." b. 20 May 1799. 

iv. William S.', had ch.; was " of Huntington " in Sept. 1S24 when he 
bought of his father 40 acres with house and barn at " Coram," 
and was "of New Town" in Aug. 1S26 when he conveyed the 
property to his brother Joseph B.' He used to operate a scow on 
the Housatonic, and " scow down wood." While conducting a 
load, he attempted to turn the scow at Zoar bridge, when it 
struck a pier, broke-in-two, and William was drowned. 

v. Lewis', was drowned, according to George E. 8 

752. vi. Catharine 7 b, 1 Dec. 1S06 in H. 

vii. Almira', m. Charles Clemens; both dec; res. Huntington ; 5 ch. — 

Charles 6 , Catharine', Frances s , Hannah Ann 8 , and . 

viii. Sarah', said to have had 2 ch., Sarah 8 and William 8 . 

William 6 was a citizen of Milford 16 March 1793, and had 
become a resident of Huntington June 24th following ; at the 
former date he purchased half an acre with dwelling-house in 
Huntington, and at the latter he bought 4 acres " at a Place Called 
Corum," bounded " East on the Great River." He made several 
other purchases, including one and three-fourth acres of Lewis Le 
Grand Cannon at Corum (1796), bounded S. on Abijah Shelton ; 
and another of Abijah Shelton in May 181 1, "near to and adjoin- 

* Rec. of First Church, Milford. 

t Marcus Munson of Seymour, who enlisted 21 Dec. 1863 in 1st C. V. Cavalry and d. 11 March 
64, is reported by Dennis H. 8 as son of Joseph who lived in Coram. 
t Derby Rec. 

Clan Daniel* ': Isaac'". 737 

ing the Great River, Called the Ship Yard lot, containing about 
Ten acres," . . bounded E. by Housatonic River, S. and W. on 
highways, N. in part on William"s own land. The next year he 
bought six acres with house and barn in " Ripton Society lying 
the west side of a place called long Hill." 

William" is said to have been rather dark-complexioned, short, 
thick-set, and very tough. His ear-mark was " a half Tennant 
uper Side the near Ear and a Slit in the End of the Off Ear." Mar- 
cus J. 8 says — " My grandfather used to spin twine, in the old- 
fashioned way, for seines. I used to go there and turn wheel for 
him." There is a tradition that William" was arrested for spin- 
ning on Good Friday : he darkened his windows and muffled 
his wheel, but was detected and fined ; after lengthened litigation 
he was defeated. By these proceedings he lost the greater part 
of his property. 


Isaac" (Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 27 April 1782 ; m. Polly ; he d. ce. 66. 
Res. Huntington, Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Isaac'. ii. George*, 

iii. iv. Emeline", Caroline 7 , (twins.) 
v. Catharine 1 . vi. Mary 1 , 

vii. Cephas 1 , joined with Beebe Munson and twenty-one others in 
releasing to J. Gilbert 2 April 1S40 a lot in New Haven, bounded 
S. on Crown St. and W. on York ; he signed by "his mark." 
viii. Elizabeth 1 b. abt. 1811 ; in 1882 was living in California. 
ix. James B. 1 i. abt. 1S13 ; m. before 20 July 1842 Julia Ann dau. of 
Allen Potter of New Haven; res. New Haven. He was "of 
Hamden " in 1S42. He enlisted (being of New Haven) 10 Sept. 
1862 as Corp. Co. F, 27th Regt. ; was wounded 13 Dec. at Fred- 
ericksburg, Va. ; mustered out 27 July '63. He was a grantee of 
oyster-grounds in 1872, and 10 May 1S77 was one of a committee 
of five "to Stake out Oyster Grounds in New Haven Harbor." 
In 1882 he was of Barnes & Munson, 26 Sea St., City Point, 
New Haven, " growers and steam-dredgers of and dealers in 
native oysters." 
x. Beebe 1 b. abt. 1820 ; m. (by Heman Bangs, Meth.) 18 Sept. 1846 
Eliza Beardsley of New Haven b. abt. 1832 ; d. (a widower) 19 
Feb. 1862 ; admitted freeman at New Haven in April 1840; sea- 
man ; res. New Haven ; 2 ch. — (1) Frances B. 8 b. 14 May 1848, 
(2) Walter C. 8 /'. 6 Feb. 1850. 
xi. Joseph 1 b. abt. 1825 ; living in 18S2. 

Isaac" had five boys and seven girls, of whom only three were 
living in 1882. Polly, Isaac"s wife, paid $100 for land with a 


738 The Munson Record. 

dwelling-house at Long Hill in Huntington 26 May 1804 ; and 
being " of Huntington " they sold one-half acre at Long Hill to 
Marcus 7 24 March 181S. In 1812 Isaac" was owning "the One- 
Eight part of a certain Fishing place in Housatonnock river 
opposite the upper Meadow so called — Fords Flatt Fishing place," 
in Milford. 


Gorham 6 (Daniel 5 , Daniel') b. 31 May 1786; "he went off, 
nobody knows where." 

Children : 

783. i. Gorham' b. 21 July 181 1 in New Haven. 

ii. Daniel' b. abt. 1812 ; »/. 16 June 1S43 Sarah Ann Baldwin of Wood- 
bridge b. 27 Oct. 1821 ; he d. 13 Nov. 1846, a. 34, (fever six 
weeks;) shoemaker; res. Woodbridge, Ct.; 1 ch. — Charles 
Samuel 8 bp. 19 Oct. 1844, 1st Ch. Woodbridge, — enlisted 1st C. 
V. iS Nov. 1S63, killed at Savage Station, Va., 16 June 1864, (res. 

784. iii. David F.' *. in Milford. 

785. iv. Samuel 1 . 

Ransom 6 (Daniel 5 , Daniel*) b. 8 June 1789 ; m. 24 Nov. 1810 
Charlotte Jennet dau. of Joab Way of Westville, b. 4 April 1789; 
he d. 9* Feb. 1830 in Westville ; she d. 22 Jan. 1865 in Southbury. 
Boot-maker; Whig.; Presb.; res. Canton, Westville, Ct. 
Children : 

786. i. Harriet Louisa' b. 10 July 1S13 in C. 
7S7. ii. Charlotte Eliza' b. 25 Dec. 1S15 in C. 
788. iii. Edward Wales' b. 14 July 1S18 in C. 

iv. Charles Brooks' b. 24 Oct. 1823 in W.; d. 3 Aug. 1863 in New 
Haven ; laborer. 

v. Ransom Rodman' b. 19 Dec. 1825 in W. ; m. 13 March 1850 Nancy 
A. Bradley of Southbury; japanner ; Dem.; res. Naugatuck 
(Union City), Ct. (1850 + ) ; 1 ch. — Lillian E. s b. 3 Aug. 1858 in 
Naugatuck, m. (by Rev. Micou, Episc.) 11 June 1891 Clarence 
W. Hubbel of Stepney, Ct. 

Ransom 6 and Lewis" were very intimate, and used often to visit 
each other. 

Lewis'' (Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 1 Feb. 1792 ; m. (by Rev. B. Pinneo) 
2 March 1814 Sybil dau. of Thaddeus Ford, b. in Milford ; she d. 
18 Oct. 1868, <z. 72 ; he d. 25 Dec. 1881. Farmer, stone-mason, 
tw r ine-maker ; Cong.; res. Milford, Ct. 

> Pub. Rec. New Haven, Feb. 8. 

Clan Daniel*: Lewis". 739 

Children, b. in M.: 
789. i. Charles Lewis 1 b. 9 Aug. 1814. 

ii. Mary Green 1 b. 13 Nov. 1816 ; m. Job Hine of Milford ; she d. 29 
Dec. 1891 ; admitted to 1st Ch. (Cong.) 7 Oct. 1832 ; res. Milford ; 
11 ch. — of whom Charles Henry 8 , m., res. No. Haven, Milford, 
Emma 6 , Augusta 8 , dec, Eddie 8 , Adelaide, 8 Frank 8 , Leverett 8 , 
Ella 8 , etc. 
iii. Leverett Griswold 1 b. 26 Oct. 1818 ; unm.; lost at sea 1 June 1844. 
iv. Charlotte Jennett 1 b. 26 July 1821 ; m. Ames ; he was lost at sea ; 
m. (2nd) Gideon Welles Tyler ; res. Medina, Cleveland, Oberlin 
(1877), O.; 1 ch. — by 2nd h., George 8 , 
v. Elizabeth Saulsbury 1 b. 23 Oct. 1823 ; bp. 29 Aug. 1830. 
7Q0. vi. Louisa Stienfield 1 b. 2 April 1825. 

vii. Caroline Margaret 1 b. 31 May 1827 ; m. 15 Dec. 1849 Joel Hine 
a. 40, a farmer ; she d. April 1885 ; he d. 1886 ; res. Milford ; 
2 ch. — (1) Georgianna 8 , m. Albert Riggs, res. California, (2) Lizzie 8 , 

791. viii. Edwin Preston 1 b. g Aug. 1829 ; bp. 11 July 1830. 

792. ix. George Ransom 1 b. 27 Nov. 1831 ; bp. 1832. 

793. x. Willis Ford 1 b. 1 Oct. 1834. 

xi. William Bursley 1 b. 2 Dec. 1836 ; d. y. 

Lewis" paid his father, 15 Sept. 1820, $150 for a dwelling-house, 
barn, etc., with 2^ acres bounded E., S. and W. on highways. In 

1841 he sold J. T. 2 roods "at a place called Negros Well"; in 

1842 he conveyed to his daughter Mary G. one-half acre "at a 
place called Wigwam". In 1856 for a consideration of $800 he 
deeded Elizabeth Bursley 8 acres " at a place called Stony Lot," 
and likewise 2 roods near Perit's Wharf. 

Lewis" and his wife were admitted to the First Church by pro- 
fession 31 Aug. 1828, and the following Sept. 21st Charles L.', 
Mary G. 7 , Leverett G. 7 , Charlotte J. 7 , Louisa S. 7 , and Caroline M. 7 , 
were baptized. In Oct. 1836 Lewis was elected "District Com- 
mittee for the 5th Dist." He was among the petitioners for a 
new highway to the shore in June 1873. The administrators on 
his estate, 1882, were Charles L. 7 and Edwin P. T ; real-estate 
appraised at $2,260. 

Francis P. 7 (Jos. K.°, Kirk 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 5 Jan. 1790 ; m. Caroline 
Smitli ; he d. 18 July 1822; she d. 24 Dec. 1883. Carried on a 
shoe-store (with Charles 7 ) ; res. New Berne, N. C. 
Children : 
i. Eliza A." />. in West Haven; d. 1844 in N. H.; mentioned with 
Harriet B. 8 in her grandfather's Will. 

794. ii. Harriet Belden" b. 1820 in New Berne. 

iii. Joseph 8 b. 1821 in New Berne ; d. in New Haven iS May 1822, a. 
14 mo. 

740 The Munson Record. 

Francis P.' died in New Berne. Harry F. 9 Downs, in the days 
of the Rebellion, was fighting through New Berne when he came 
upon a monument marking the grave of Francis P. Munson. 
Ignorant that his grandfather had died in that region, he wrote to 
his mother inquiring if she had ever known anything of such a 
Munson ! 

Charles 7 (Jos. K.', Kirk 5 , Daniel') b. 14 Feb. 1792 ; m. 11 April 
1815 Mabel dau. of Benajah Beach, /'. 2 Aug. 1792 ; she d. 16 Feb. 
1878; he d. 9 June 1879. Shoemaker, farmer; Cong.; res. New 
Haven, Ct., New Berne, N. C, Woodbridge, Ct. 

Children : 

795. i. Charles Xewton s b. 30 April 1S16 in New Haven. 

796. ii. Edwin Beach 9 b. 30 Oct. 1S17 in Woodbridge. 

iii. Francis 8 b. 25 July 1824; d. 7 March 1825, (W. Ch. Rec, 8th.) 

797. iv. Francis 8 b. 15 July 1S27 in Woodbridge. 

Charles's name appears on the rolls of the Conn. Militia, in the 
War of 1812 ; he served under Capt. Joseph A. Bishop June 12 — 
June 13, 1813 and Sept. 8 — Oct. 21, 1814; the last term of service 
was at New Haven. He was associated with his brother in carry- 
ing on the shoe-store in New Berne. In Woodbridge he was 
chosen highway surveyor in 1832, '43, and '56 ; and grand-juror 
in 1835, '36. He was one of the executors of "his father's Will. 
He joined the North Church New Haven by profession in 181 1 ; 
Mabel united with the church in Woodbridge 13 July 1828 ; 
Charles was on the roll of that church in 1838. 

Hannah' (Jos. K.", Kirk 6 , Daniel') b. 17 July 1794; m. Andrew 
Smith; she d. 15 July 1848. Res. Orange, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Sarah 8 . ii. Marcus 8 , d. in Norfolk. {R. H. G.) 
iii. Marcus 8 , d. in New Haven, a. 15. 
iv. Russell 8 , m. Sarah dau. of Nathaniel Bacon; both dec; a dau. is 

living ; he had a college education. 
v. Virginia 8 , m. Abram T. Merwin ; 1 ch. — Gertrude V. 9 who m. Dr. 

Chamberlain of Wilton, Ct. 
vi. Lewis 8 , was in the Naval service early in the War — connected with 

the Cumberland ; died in Genoa, Italy, 
vii. De Los Bryant 8 , dec; wid. and dau. res. in Canada; dau. recently 

m. a German baron, 
viii. Augusta L. 8 , in. John R. Farnum, a lawyer; no ch.; res. Wash- 
ington, D. C. 


Clan Daniel': George '. 741 

Andrew Smith had a fine farm in Orange ; he used to go South 
on business in winter. 


Phebe 7 (Jos. K.", Kirk', Daniel 4 ) b. 15 Dec. 1796; m. William 
Deming; he d. 15 April 1876; she d. 18 Jan. 1883. Res. New 
Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. William F. 8 b. 3 July 1S29 ; unm.; scroll-sawyer in carriage-making ; 
d. (after an illness of five years) in New Haven. 

ii. Elizabeth Chapin 8 b. 24 Aug. 1S31 ; m. 17 Jan. 1S55 Solomon Mead, 
inventor of conical and elliptical plows, dredging machines, 
dredging buckets, friction clutches, etc., and is memb. 1st Ch. ; 
she d. 23 April iSgo ; she united with 1st Ch. 4 Jan. 1857; res. 
122 Derby Ave., New Haven ; 7 ch., b. in N. H. — (1) Franklin B. 9 
b. 11 Jan. 1856, d. 19 Nov. 1862, (2) Sophia S. 9 b. 31 Jan. 1859, d. 
15 Nov. 1S62, (3) William Deming 9 /'. 13 Jan. 1S63, (4) Fanny E. 9 
b. 28 Sept. 1865, (5) Charles B. 9 *. 24 Jan. 1869, m. 26 Sept. 1892 
Kittie J. Pelzer, (6) George W. 9 (twin) b. 24 Jan. 1869, d. 6 Feb. 
1885, (7) Mary A. 9 b. 23 March 1873 ; all the children live with 
their father. 

In the distribution of her father's estate, Phebe 7 received 6£ 
acres, bounded by her own house lot and by the Derby Turnpike 

George 7 (Jos. K.", Kirk s , Daniel 4 ) b. 11 Feb. 1804; m. 1829 Julia 
Clark ; he d. 1 Nov. 1842 ; she d. (as Mrs. Bela Bradley) abt. 1890. 
Physician, &c; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. George Clark 8 b. 14 March 1830; m. Harriet *. abt. 1831 ; he was 
admitted elector at Milford in April 1S51, where in 1S57 he was a 
dentist ; for many years he has been occupied with mining inter- 
ests, — residing at Denver, Col. ; he is assayer in charge U. S. 
Mint (salary $2,500) ; 3 ch. — (1) dau. b. 20 May 1857, (2) Nellie 
Clark 9 b. 30 Dec. 1859, lived with her grandmother Bradley in 
Milford, (3) Cora Maud 9 b. 18 Feb. 1861, /«., went South. 

ii. Cephas 8 , d. at 8 mos. 

George 7 was known as George 2nd. At the age of eighteen he 
purchased 4% acres at the West Meadows. He bought 20 Dec. 
1826 a "mill seat" comprising three acres in Orange at a place 
called Westfield ; price, $500. He mortgaged to his father 21 
March 1834 a saw-mill, dam, pond, machinery, etc., " situated on 
the southerly side of the Derby Turnpike Road in the Town of 
Orange," "the same saw-mill now occupied by me." 

74 2 The Munson Record. 

George became a physician of the botanic school. The New 
Haven Director)- for i84i-'42 designates him as a Thompsonian 
physician, with office at 141 Crown St. and house at 32 Congress 
avenue. He died while oystering, — was found dead out on the 
water, holding his oyster tongs. His heirs received 8 acres in the 
distribution of his father's estate ; a part of this heritage was 
bounded easterly on West St. 

His inventory included : 1 pr. copper scales $.75, one druggist's 
mortar .75, 1 druggist's measure .75, 1 pill machine 2.00, 45)^ doz. 
pill boxes 10.88, 24 bottles and vials 1.00, medicine, roots, &c. 10.00, 
(and other medical property,) 1 military valise .50, 1 sword .25, 
1 pistol .25, 1 two-barrelled pistol .25, 1 rifle pistol 1.50, 1 fox- 
trap .50, etc. 


Marcus 7 (William', Daniel'', Daniel*) b. abt. 1791 ; m. (by rector 
St. Paul's Ch.) 21 Oct. 1813 Polly Green Joyce of Huntington ; 
he d. 21 Dec. 1829. Worked at farming ; res. Huntington, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Lydia Ann 8 , m. Carlos Hard; res. Huntington, Newtown, Ct. ; 5 
ch. — (1) Lydia 9 [Elizabeth?], m., res. Seymour, (2) Charles 9 , m. 
his 1st cousin, res. Seymour, (3) Cornelius-', res. in Seymour, 
(4) Cornelia 9 , m. a N. Y. man, res. N. Y. C. 

798. ii. Marcus Jerome 8 5. 11 Nov. 1817 (or 1816). 

799. iii. Laura E. s b. 14 Sept. 1818. 

iv. Cornelius- b. abt. 1S21 ; in. 12 Sept. 1S44 Polly dau. of Jabez 
Welton of Waterbury, b. Sept. 1814 ; he d. 16 April 1846, a. 25 ; 
farmer ; res. Oxford, Waterbury, Ct. ; 1 ch. — Cornelius Welton 9 
b. 14 Sept. 1S46 (rec. in W.), m. Jane Osborn of Beacon Falls, 
no ch., farmer, etc., has been selectman and member of Legis- 
lature, (being of Oxford 1S68 he sold 2 l /i acres, a part of his 
father's estate in Waterbury, one mile N. E. from Center Square,) 
res. Beacon Falls, Ct. 

800. v. Lewis Taylor 6 b. 5 Aug. 1823 in Huntington. 
Soi. vi. George Wheeler 5 b. 14 Feb. 1826 in Huntington. 
802. vii. Dennis Hurlburt- b. 10 Aug. 1S28 in H. 

" Certify That Marcus Munson an American Seaman, aged 
nineteen years, or thereabouts, of the height of five feet five 
inches & %, dark complexion, dark brown hair & gray eyes, — 
was born in Milford . . and . . is a Citizen of the United 
States of America. 

by Abraham Bishop Collector — 
7 July 1810 " 

Clan Daniel*: Albert Z. T 743 

In the War of 1S12 Marcus was in service at Bridgeport under 
Capt. William Edwards Apr. 15 — Apr. 17, 1814; it is believed that 
he was also on duty at New London. 

He mortgaged in Jan. 1821 one-half acre at Long Hill, bounded 
E. and S. on highway. He lost his life by drowning. He and 
another man set out from Coram, the fishing place, for Stratford, 
on a fishing boat which was loaded with green wood ; the wind 
started up and sunk the boat in Stratford — just above Stratford 


Albert L.' (William 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 20 May 1799; m. 27 
Dec. 1818 Charlotte Isbell ; he d. 13 March 1852 ; she was bur. at 
Coram 18 Dec. 1865, a. 66. Blacksmith ; res. Huntington, Ct. 

Children : 

803. i. Willis 8 b. 8 Oct. 1819. 

804. ii. Lewis 8 b. 15 Jan. 1821 in Huntington. 

805. iii. Charles 9 b. 9 Jan. 1822. 

806. iv. Harriet Elizabeth 8 b. 6 July 1823. 

v. John 8 b. 17 Jan. 1825 ; m. Julia A. Buckley of Birmingham ; no 
ch.; he dec; farmer ; res. Huntington. His wife bought of Mar- 
cus 1 and wife, 14 Nov. 1870, J acre in Long Hill Dist. 

vi. Jane 6 *. 8 May 1827; unm.; res. (with George E. 8 ) Shelton 1892. 

807. vii. Mary 8 b. 10 Oct. 1829. 

viii. Marcus 8 b. 9 Oct. 1831 ; m. Christiana Munroe ; no ch.; farmer; 
res. Huntington. He was made an elector 30 March 1S64. In 
Sept. 1S68 Christiana paid S550 for two acres with buildings in 
Long Hill Dist. Marcus 8 was taxed in 1871 for dwelling-house, 
neat cattle, and time-piece. 

808. ix. George Elliott 8 b. 6 Jan. 1836. 

809. x. Sarah Maria 8 b. 26 Dec. 1838. 


Catharine' (William 6 , Daniel', Daniel') b. 1 Dec. 1806; m. 21 
June 1827 Sherman Benjamin b. 21 Sept. 1800 in Derby, a farmer; 
she d. 19 April 1879. R es Huntington. S. B. lives with his chil- 

Children : 

i. Sarah A. 8 b. 5 May 1S28 in Stratford ; m. 8 Dec. 1852 Henry N. 

Beardsley ; res. Bridgeport, Ct. 
ii. Elizabeth 8 b. 16 May 1S30 in Stratford ; m. 31 Dec. 1863 Franklin 

Wheeler; no ch.; she d. 28 May 1880: res. Bridgeport ; F. W. 

res. Stratford. 

744 The Munson Record. 

Gorhanv (Gorham*, Daniel", Daniel 4 ) b. 21 July 181 1 ; m, Julia 
Nettleton ; 2 ch.; divorced ; m. (2nd) 23 Oct. 1S44 Maria Keziah 
dau. of Elisha Benham of Orange, b. 26 March 1816 ; 3 ch.; he d. 
11 May 1877, ce. 65 v. 9 m. 20 d.; she d. 22 Feb. 1878, a. 61 y. 11 m. 
Shoemaker ; res. Orange, New Haven, Orange, Ct. 

Children : 

810. i. Lucius E. 6 b. 5 Feb. 1S31. 

SioJ. ii. George L. s b. 9 Feb. 1S33 in Orange. 

811. iii. Theodore Atwood- b. 17 Dec. 1S45 in New Haven, 
iv. Ella II. 6 b. 29 Feb. 1S52 in N. H.; d. 24 Dec. 1S56. 

S12. v. Wallace Gorham 5 b. 23 Dec. 1854 in New Haven. 

Gorham 7 was admitted elector at New Haven in April 1834. 
The directory of 187 1 calls him a shoemaker with residence at 26 
Columbus avenue. He was a policeman during a few years. His 
last years were spent on a small farm which he cultivated while 
also working at his trade. The estate of his widow inventoried 
$2037. The homestead was about Y^ of a mile west of West Haven 
and is now in possession of Wallace G. 

David F." (Gorham", Daniel 5 , Daniel 1 ) b. in Milford ; m. 18 Sept. 
1836 Huldah Baldwin of Woodbridge.* Blacksmith, carpenter; 
Cong.; res. Woodbridge, Ct. 

Children, b. in W. : 
i. Mary lane. 8 ii. Sarah Emma. 8 
iii. Ann Eliza. 8 

iv. Hart David 8 b. 20 June 1S4S ; m. March 1S72 Eunice E. Treat of 
New Haven ; treasurer and general manager of Evening Leader ; 
res. New Haven, Ct. At the age of seventeen he ran away to 
California where he remained three years, — had charge of Million- 
aire Dougherty's stables with 300 horses, $90 per month. Was a 
grocer in New Haven ; made a voluntary assignment in May 
1873. He has since been a fruit-dealer, and politician, and since 
the Spring of 1892 has been treasurer of the Leader Publishing 

David F.' was "of Woodbridge" in 1836. On June 1st of that 
year he bought 30 acres, with the improvements thereon, at Hogs 
Meadow in that town. The Ansonia Savings Bank made a con- 
veyance to David and Huldah (of Woodbridge) 25 May 1858. 
David and his wife were admitted to the church in Woodbridge 
by profession 2 May 1841. He was living 1884-85. 

1 Derby Ch. Rec. vCong.) 


[See p. 7S , .J 

Clan Daniel'': Samuel A. ~ 745 

Samuel A. 7 (Gorham", Daniel 5 , Daniel'), in. 17 Nov. 1841 Mar- 
garet M c Farlane of Alexandria, Va.; she d. 25 July 1866 ; he d. 10 
Sept. 1873 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sea-captain ; res. Baltimore, 

Children : 

i, William Albert* b. 19 July 1S45 ; unm.; his cousin, W. E. Peregoy, 
writes : " He studied law, passed the bar when about 21 years of 
age, and promised to be a bright and conscientious member of 
the profession, but shortly afterwards fell into a decline and died 
10th Nov. 186S in the 23d year of his age, deeply regretted by all 
who knew him." 

ii. Samuel Edwin 9 b. 23 Feb. 184S ; m.; no ch. ; he d. 18 Feb. 1876. 

iii. John Hamilton' b. 10 Feb. 1850 ; m. 26 March 1874 (by Rev. Dr. 
Sherman, Meth.) H. Jennie Tyler ; no ch.; "a brush-maker by 
trade and earns sufficient to keep himself and wife in comfortable 
circumstances " ; res. Baltimore. 

iv. George Washington 8 b. 30 June 1S52 ; m. (by Rev. L. M. Gardiner, 
Meth.) 28 Aug. 1877 Laura A. Henderson ; he d. at Rio de Janeiro 
10 Sept. 1881 ; he was a good-hearted boy, and when about 
eighteen years of age took to the sea ; he soon became an efficient 
officer, and at the time of his death was chief officer of the barque 
" Yamoydon " of Baltimore. W. E. P. adds that he died "of 
small-pox, in the same room where his father had died of the 
v same disease exactly eight years before." 

"At an early age," writes Mr. Peregoy, Samuel A. 7 " ran away 
from home and took to the sea. He never returned to or met any 
of his people afterwards and scarcely anything is known concern- 
ing his early life or family. When quite a young man he obtained 
command of the brig Firm, and afterwards commanded the brig 
Abbotsford, and barques Winifred, Clara Haxall, and Fanny Cren- 
shaw. Later in life he engaged in the stevedore business in Rio 
de Janeiro, Brazil, where he died of small-pox, age unknown." 

After the death of Mrs. Munson, her sons found a home, a 
genuine one, with their aunt Mrs. Peregoy. " This branch of the 
family will very likely expire with John H." " 

Hart D." is authority for the statement that his uncle " was the 
first to raise a rebel flag in Baltimore harbor." He also alleges 
that one vessel owned by the Captain got away to some South 
American port, while one or two others were confiscated by the 
Government. Hart's father had a letter from Samuel A.' soon 
after the War broke out. 

746 The Munson Record. 


Harriet L. 7 (Ransom', Daniel', Daniel') b. 10 July 1813 ; m. 24 
Nov. 1831 Harry son of Aaron Tuttle ; 1 ch.; he d. 29 Nov. 1832 ; 
m. (2nd) 26 Jan. 1835 William son of Amasa Gaylord, a farmer ; 1 
ch.; he d. 30 Aug. 1863. Meth.; res. Middlebury, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Harriet L. s /*. 11 March 1833 in Middlebury; m. 11 March 1851 
Lewis son of John Tyrrell b. 17 April 1828 in Watertown, a 
farmer, town officer and Dem.; he d. 2 Aug. 1S80 ; Meth.; res. 
Middlebury ; 3 ch. — (1) Henry W. 9 b. 27 Feb. 1852 in Southbury, 
m. 30 Sept. 1874 Carrie J. Dennis, foreman, Ind., Meth., res. 
Waterbury, (2) Edward L. 9 b. 22 June 1S60 in M., m. 24 Dec. 1S91 
Rose Engelkee, no ch., foreman, Pro., Meth., res. Middlebury, 
(3) Carrie L. 9 b. 18 June 1872 in M., res. Middlebury. 

ii. Mary E. 8 b. 25 Jan. 1836 in M.; »:. 15 Oct. 1855 Robert C.' Munson, 
■which see. 


Charlotte E.' (Ransom", Daniel 6 , Daniel 4 ) b. 25 Dec. 1815 ; m. 
1 Nov. 1835 Arad son of Aaron Tuttle, a merchant ; she (/. in 
Kansas 4 Nov. 1859; he d. 27 Oct. 1870 in Kansas. Meth.; res. 

Children : 
i. Helen E. 8 b. in Oxford, N. Y.; m. I. Holman ; m. (2nd) J. W. 

Nicholas, a bookseller and postmaster; res. Eureka, Kan. 
ii. Frank A. s b. in Oxford ; merchant ; res. Rosita, Col. 


Edward W. 7 (Ransom 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 14 July 1818 ; m. at 
Killingworth 9 July 1837 Aletha Ann dau. of Daniel Jones ; he d. 
13 July 1889; she d. 8 Aug. 1892. Foreman and pattern-maker; 
Rep.; "Liberal"; res. Meriden, Ct. 

Children : 

813. i. Adelaide Althea* b. 15 Sept. 1S41 in Oxford, N. Y. 

ii. Emeline Nancy 5 b. 14 Dec. 1S43 in Hamilton, N. Y.; m. 20 April 
1865 Theodore Mallory /(. in Oxford, a farmer ; she d. 16 April 
1895; Cong.; res. Southbury; 1 ch. — Edmund E. s b. 22 Oct. 1869 
in Seymour, d. 27 June 1870. 

S14. iii. Edward Henry 8 b. 7 July 1S46 in Hamilton. 

iv. Charlotte Amanda 6 b. 12 Oct. 1848 in H.; m 17 Aug. 1S68 Miles L. 
Pritchard of Waterbury ; she d. 27 April 1871 ; 1 ch. — Wallace 
Alexander 9 b. 10 May 1S69 (adopted by his grandfather E. W. 1 ), 
m. 13 Jan. 1SS9 Annie M. dau. of Jacob Kling, (have dau. Hazel 
C. 10 /'. 26 Sept. 1891 in Meriden.) 

Clan Daniel*: Edward W. 1 747 

v. Bertha Ancelia 9 b. 13 Sept. 1851 in H.; m. 18 June 1873 Amasa son 

of Benjamin Mack, b. 19 Feb. 1S47 in Essex, Ct.,a pattern-maker 

and Rep.; Univ.; res. Meriden ; 1 ch. — Bertha Aletha 9 b. 24 Sept. 

1875 in M. 
vi. Mary Annette 8 A. 22 Sept. 1853 in H.; m. 14 June 1876 Henry C. 

Hennigar of Sag Harbor, L. I.; res. Meriden; 1 ch.— Clarence 

Edward 1 ' b. 14 Aug. 1878. 
vii. Harriet Eliza'*. 7 June 1S55 in H.; m. 16 May 1877 Herbert Z. 

Frisbie of Meriden ; res. Meriden ; 2 ch. — (1) Howard Herbert* 

b. 29 June 1SS1, (2) Raymond Munson* b. 1 Oct. 1S92. 
viii. Lillian Estelle* b. 31 Aug. 1858 in Sing Sing, N. Y.; m. 24 Nov. 1875 

Edward C. Hull of Meriden ; no ch.; he d. 12 Nov. 1880; m. 

(2nd) 5 March 1S84 Zachary Taylor Strong, a cabinet-maker and 

Rep.; 1 ch.; Univ.; res. New Haven, Ct.; 1 ch. — Florence 

Ilene 9 *. 4 Nov. 1887. 
ix. Charles Dwight 5 b. 25 Aug. i860 in Sing Sing ; m. 13 Nov. 1S80 

Minnie H. Curtis of Meriden, b. in St. Louis ; silver-plater ; res. 

Meriden, Ct., Everett, Ms.; 5 ch. — (1) Charles Dwight 9 b. 11 Jan. 

1882 in M., d. 12 Jan. 1882, (2) Minnie L. 9 b. 21 May 1883 in M., 

(3) Eva Florence 9 *. 8 July 1885 in M., (4) Lillian Curtis' b. 7 Dec. 

1887 at So. Boston, Ms., (5) Ivie Gertrude 9 b. 16 Aug. 1889 at 

S. B. 
x. Helen Cornelia s b. 23 Aug. 1862 in Sing Sing; m. 14 April 1SS5 

Harrie H. Munger of Essex ; res. Meriden ; 1 ch. — Ethel Bernice 9 

b. 13 May 1890. 

Edward VSV's residences after marriage were Hamden Plains, 
Ct.; 1838, Bethany; 1839, Milford ; 1841, Oxford, N. Y.; 1843, 
Hamilton ; 1857, Sing Sing; 1864, Waterbury, Ct.; 1872, Meriden. 
He served an apprenticeship at carriage-making and followed that 
occupation until 1855; was then during two years "financial 
agent for the Democratic Republican printing establishment of 
Hamilton, N. Y."; in May 1857 took the position of keeper at Sing 
Sing prison and held it until April 1863 ; then resumed carriage- 
making and remained in the business one year, at Sing Sing. 
Thenceforward he was engaged principally in wood pattern-mak- 
ing and as foreman. For many years he was pattern-maker and 
foreman of the carpenter shop at the Bradley and Hubbard Manu- 
facturing Co.'s establishment. 

Mr. Munson served two years in the city council 1878-80. He 
was a member of Washington council, O. U. A. M., of New 
Haven. He has the distinction of having originated in 1875 the 
order of Daughters of Liberty. He was the author of the ritual 
for the order, and during two years was the head executive, vis., 
National Grand Councillor. 

The golden wedding of Edward W. and wife was elaborately 
celebrated at Odd-Fellows' Hall, about three hundred relatives 

748 The Munson Record. 

and friends participating. Their nine living children were all 
present. Mrs. E. A. Leavenworth of New Haven made the address 
of congratulation. Among the numerous presents was a purse of 
$50 in gold from E. W.'s shopmates at Bradley and Hubbard's ; 
and there was a gift of $50 in five-dollar gold pieces from Mr. and 
Mrs. Munson's children, the coins being handsomely arranged on 
a velvet horseshoe. 


Charles L. 7 (Lewis 6 , Daniel", Daniel 4 ) b. 9 Aug. 1814 ; m. 5 Oct. 
1835 Clarissa dau. of Charles Allen of Wallingford. Carpenter ; 
res. New Haven, 1837 Milford, Ct. 

Children : 
815. i. Charles Lewis 8 b. 3 April 1836 in Wallingford. 

ii. Sarah 6 b. 24 May 183s in Milford ; m. June 1S60 James F. Bristol ; 

no ch.; res. Milford. 
iii. Charlotte Ames 8 b. 21 July 1843 ; d. 22 or 24 or 26 Jan. 1848. 

During eight or nine winters Charles L.' was in South Carolina 
and Georgia, working at his trade, and building cotton-gins. 


Louisa S. 7 (Lewis', Daniel 5 , Daniel') b. 2 April 1825 ; m. 24 Nov. 
1849 Francis E. Burns b. 6 Dec. 1824, a merchant ; he d. 21 April 
1880. Res. Milford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Willie Francis 8 b. 5 Nov. 1857 ; d. 5 Oct. 1858. 

ii. Frances Julia 8 b. 5 Aug. 1859 ; d. 16 Sept. 1859. 
iii. Francis Lockwood 6 b. 7 Sept. 1862 ; unm. (1883). 
iv. Eveline Louise 8 b. 16 March 1864 ; in. 

Edwin P. 7 (Lewis 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel') b. 9 Aug. 1829 ; m. 14 April 
1854 Mary Jane Plumb of Milford ; she d. 24 Aug. 1882. Farmer ; 
res. Milford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Emma Jane 5 b. 8 Sept. 1854; m. 29 Oct. 1884 David L. Clarke at 
Milford, a farmer ; res. Milford ; joined 1st Cong. Ch. by pro- 
fession 1871 ; 2 ch. — (1) David A. 9 b. 24 June 1S87, (2) Emerson 
L. 9 b. 3 Aug. 1S90. 

ii. Frank Tyler 8 /'. 14 Dec. 1855 ; m. 26 June 1S76 Kate L. Peterson of 
Birmingham ; livery, and wholesale drummer for groceries ; res. 
Milford ; 2 ch.— (1) Bertha F. 9 b. S April 18S4, (2) Frank Howard* 
b. 7 Dec. 188S. 

Clan Daniel': George R. 1 749 

iii. Carrie Isabel 8 b. 9 Jan. 1S59 ; m. 19 Jul}' 18S3 Henry Baldwin of N. 
Y. S., a farmer ; res. Milford ; 4 ch. — (1) Evalyn Isabel 8 b. 3 Oct. 
18S4, (2) Myrtie Estelle 9 b. 7 Sept. 1886, (3) Dorathea Jessie 9 b. 16 
April 1S89, (4) Ethel 9 b. 2 Nov. 1891. 

iv. Edward L. s b. 17 Oct. 1S61 ; d. 17 July 1S65. 

v. George W. 8 b. 4 Aug. 1S63 ; m. 12 May 1884 Kate L. Shepard ; 
livery ; res. Milford ; 4 ch. — (1) Anna E. 9 b. 9 Nov. 1885, (2) 
Athala 9 b. 22 Oct. 1S87, (3) George W.° b. 26 Dec. 1889, (4) Sanford 
Perry 9 *. 24 April 1892. 

vi. Hattie E. s b. 9 May 1S6S ; m. 4 June 1SS5 Edwin Burwell ; res. Mil- 
ford ; 2 ch.— (1) Flora May 9 b. 19 March 1SS6, (2) Grace Lillian 9 b. 
12 Sept. 1887. 

vii. Albert L. 8 b. 16 Aug. 1873 ; m. 16 Nov. 1892 May Robinson of 
Brooklyn, N. Y.; clerk in store ; res. Bridgeport, Ct. 

E. P. 7 had 2 dau. b. 8 Sept. 1854, son 26 Dec. 1856, dau. 10 Jan. 
1859, dau. 18 Sept. i860, son 3 Aug. 1863. Mrs. Mary J. was 
admitted to 1st Ch. on profession 1866. Edwin P.' was chosen 
constable in Oct. 1870 ; highway-surveyor in 1873, '74, '77 ; member 
of "board of relief" 1878-1883. 


George R. 7 (Lewis', Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 27 Nov. 1831 ; m. 30 
Nov. 1854 Hannah E. Smith of New Haven ; he d. 28 Nov. 1892 at 
C. Book-keeper and cashier ; res. Cincinnati. 

Children : 

i. George F. 8 b. 19 Jan. 1857 at Milford ; m, 16 April 1879 Clara M. 
Matthews of Columbia, O. ; commission-merchant (Allen and 
Munson, flour, grain and feed) ; res. Cincinnati ; 4 ch. — (1) Jennie 
Tyler 9 b. 9 Nov. 1880, (2) Clarence Handford 9 b. 31 July 1883, (3) 
Edith Ruth 9 b. 6 Oct. 1886, (4) Hazel Eliza 9 b. 23 Sept. 1889, (all b. 
in C.) 

ii. William L. 8 b. 5 Aug. 1859 at Medina, O.; m. 15 Oct. 1885 May 
Spinks of Covington, Ky.; no ch. ; passenger-agent Chesapeake 
and Ohio route, N. N. and M. V. Co.; res. Cincinnati. 

George R. 7 was admitted elector at Milford in April 1853. He 
was a grocer in that town 7 Jan. 1857. Moved to Medina about 
1858 ; to Cincinnati in 1866. He served in the War as quarter- 
master in a company of the 103d O. V. I. He was appointed cashier 
of the sub-treasury of the U. S. at Cincinnati, with a salary of 

Willis F. 7 (Lewis 6 , Daniel 6 , Daniel') b. 1 Oct. 1834 ; in. 10 June 
1856 Susan J. Perrin of Thompsonville ; she d. 5 Jan. 1894. Stair- 
builder ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

750 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Frederick T. s b. iS April 1859; m. 12 July 18S7 Octavine Frances 

Thayer of Hempstead, L. I.; salesman (for Conn.) of Vacuum Oil 

Co.; he Dem. and Cong., she Rep. and Presb.; res. New Haven; 

1 ch. — Herbert Thayer* b. 7 Nov. 1891. 

ii. William H. 8 b. 23 April 1861 ; Sec. Nelden-Judson Drug Co.; res. 

Salt Lake City, Utah, 
iii. Susie D. 6 b. 1865 ; d. 13 Aug. 18S2, j: 17 y. 6 m. 
iv. Hattie Leona 8 b. 2 March 1870 ; res. at home. 

In 1861 Willis F.' was a resident of Orange. In Nov. 1872, 
being " of New Haven," he was administrator on the estate of Otis 
Perrin when as such he conveyed to his wife Susan J. lands in Fair 
Haven and in Orange ; consideration, §2,308. He and his wife made 
a sale of real-estate in Orange 12 Sept. 1873 ! price, $1,450. 

Harriet B. 6 (Francis P.', Jos. K. 6 , Kirk 5 , Daniel*) b. 1820 ; m. 21 
April 1842 Henry S. Downs at New Haven. Res. Maiden, Ms. 
(bus. in Boston), New Jersey abt. 1865 where H. S. D. d. in 1875 
(at Closter) ; wid. res. Alpine, N. J., Milford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Henry F. 9 b. 1S45 in New Haven ; m. 1S65 Emma Carpenter in 
Maiden ; at the age of iS enlisted in 44 Mass. Regt. ; after death 
of his father, removed with his family to Lincoln, Neb., where he 
still lives ; 3 ch. — (1) Fanny E. 1 " b. 7 Sept. 1S64 in Rahway, X. J., 
d. a: 13, (2) Harry C.'° b, 13 July 1S67 in Closter, d. 13 Aug. 1875, 
(3) Ida B. 10 b. 1 Oct. 1S71 in Alpine, d. 21 Aug. 1875. 

ii. Frank S. 9 b. 3 Jan. 1S48 in Maiden ; m. 26 Dec. 1S70 Mary Du Bois 
in Alpine ; removed with his family to Lincoln, Neb.; now res. 
in Milford, Ct.; 3 ch.— (1) Edith M. 10 b. 13 June 1872 at Alpine, 
(2) George F. 10 b. 10 March 1873 at Closter, d. 4 Dec. 1878, (3) 
Alice M. 10 *. 25 — 1S75. 

iii. Hattie W. 9 *. 1S61 in Maiden ; m. in Milford, Ct., Wilbur H. Ford ; 
res. Chicago. 


Charles N. e (Charles', Jos. K. 6 , Kirk 5 , Daniel") b. 30 April 1816; 
m. 29 April 1840 Julia Thompson ; 2 ch.; d. unc. 2 Feb. 1847, a. 28; 
m. (2nd) 7 Feb. 1S50 Orinda M. Jumper of Dexter, Me., b. 26 March 
1827 ; 3 ch.; she d. 30 April 1861 ; m. (3d) 28 Dec. 1862 Mehetabel 
Jumper (sis. of O.) of Dexter, Me., b. 25 Aug. 1S21 ; he d. 29 Nov. 
1875. Mason ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Julia Thompson 9 , d. 22 Sept. 1849, <?. 3 y. 2 m. 
ii. Son. 


Clan Daniel': Edwin B." 751 

816. iii. Charles Butman 9 b. iS April 1852. 

iv. Grace Lelia 9 b. 17 March 1854 ; m. (by Rev. T. S. Sampson, Bapt.) 
12 Sept. 1S83 Elias M. Smith, a. 30, b. in New Haven ; she d. 29 
March 1895, in Germantown, Pa. 
v. Ellen Maria 9 b. 28 Dec. 1856. 

When a young man, Charles X.' worked with his brother E. B. 9 
on Fort Pulaski. His estate inventoried at $6,690 ; it included 
house and lot, bounded N. on George St., §6,500. 


Edwin B. 8 (Charles 7 , Jos. K.°, Kirk 5 , Daniel') b. 30 Oct. 181 7 ; m. 
3 June 1841 Amelia C. Sperry* of Woodbridge b. 13 June 1822 ; he 
d. 15 Aug. 1879. Mason, R. R. Supt.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Albert Leroy 9 b. 24 March 1842 ; m. (2nd) 4 April 1891 Lizzie dau. of 
Henry Mineur, b. in Copenhagen, Den. : cigarettes formerly, now in 
office of Nat'l Folding Box and Paper Co.; res. N. Y. C. He was 
mustered 10 June 1862, rank from March 5, as second lieutenant 5th 
N. Y. Art.; promoted first lieutenant 10 Dec. 1862, and captain 
15 March 1865 ; mustered out 19 July 1865, and subsequently 
brevetted Lieut. -Col. U. S. Vols. In the Spring of 1895 he visited 

ii. Henry Theodore 9 *?. 26 March 1S44 in New Haven ; m. 26 Dec. 1S76 
Nellie Sarah dau. Lewis and Hannah (Gregory) Porter of Wash- 
ington, D. C, b. 1 Oct. 1856 at Grand Rapids, Mich.; lawyer ; 
res. N. Y. City. H. T. was clerk in N. H. post-office, from which 
he was appointed to the U. S. Patent Office in Wash. 5 Feb. 1865, 
from which he resigned as Principal Examiner in July 1S75, to 
enter on the practice of patent law in N. Y. City, where he con- 
tinues. He is prosperous. One ch. — Grace Sperry 10 b. 19 Jan. 
1879, d. at Mallbrook, N. Y., 6 Sept. 1879. 

817. iii. Mar)' Gertrude 9 b. iS April 1S46. 

iv. Kate Amelia 9 b. 15 Aug. iS49t in New Haven ; m. <r. 20 (by Dr. 
Beardsley, Episc.) 7 Sept. 1S69 Louis Hartman son of Jas. Laur- 
ence and Louisa Marietta (Hartman) Todd, b. 14 Sept. 1839 ; 
clerk with Sypher & Co., jewelry ; res. N. Y. City. He enlisted 
as commissary-sergeant 27 Dec. 1S61 in the 100th Reg. N. Y. 
Vols.; promoted to second lieutenant 10 March 1862; resigned 
25 July 1S62. He is a member of Lafayette Post, No. 140, G. A. 

• Amelia Catharine Sperry was dau. Wyllis and Catharine iRamsdell) Sperry ; he was s. of 
Daniel Lines and Chloe (Ailing) Sperry. and gr. s. of Daniel and Rebecca (Johnson) Sperry and of 
Marshall and Abigail (Brocket!) Ailing. Catharine Ramsdell b. 1756, d. 1847, dau. Harthon and 
Caty (Burns) Ramsdell and gr. dau. Zepheniah Ramsdell and James and Martha (Bell) Burns. 
The name of Zepheniah's wife has not been preserved, but the family came from Lynn, Ms., and 
though llartlum spelled his name differently, he is believed to be of the Hathorne family of Lynn. 
He served in a Massachusetts regiment during the Revolution, and received a pension from the 
government. In July 1783 he was received into the Fair Haven, now the North (Cong.) Church. 
New Haven, and his wife was received in Aug. 1828.—^. H. G. 

t Fam. Rec; Town Rec, 10 Aug. 1848. 

752 The Munsoii Record 

R. One ch. — Louis Munson 10 b. 21 Jan. 1871 in N. Y. City, — is 
with National Folding Box & P. Co. 
v. Sarah Augusta* b. iS April 1852 ; m. 21 March 1S82 Albert T. Can- 
dee, ass't stamp clerk P. O.; no ch. ; res. New Haven. 
818. vi. Edward Benjamin 9 b. 12 June 1854 in N. H. 

vii. Harvey Sperry 9 b. 3 March 1857 ln N. H.; m. 11 Feb. 1886 Grace 
Louise Catlin ; 1 ch. — Marion Catlin 10 b. 5 Aug. 1887 in N. H.; 
res. New Haven, Ct. $W See bebw, 
viii. Harriet Eliza 9 /'. 16 March 1859 in N. H.; unm.; res. New Haven, 
ix. Emma Mabel 1 ' b. 25 March* 1S64 in N. H.; d. 2 Aug. 18S8 ; res. 
New Haven. 

Edwin B. 8 was a handsome man. He was admitted elector at 
Woodbridge in 1S40; his marriage, 1841, was recorded at New 
Haven. His residence was in Temple St. He was a builder, in 
partnership with his brother-in-law "Willis Smith and N. D. Sperry, 
for three years. He superintended masonry-work and the pur- 
chase of materials for the Prov. and Stonington R. R., and for the 
N. H., N. L. & Ston. R. R., 1857-9. President Giles, in a letter, 
says of him : " He not only equalled our expectations but far 
exceeded them in ability, energy and mechanical skill." Later he 
built the Derby R. R. He became superintendent of the Fair 
Haven and Westville Horse R. R. In i860 he was a councilman. 
Edwin B. raised Co. K, 10th Conn. Vols, in New Haven, East 
Haven, Bethany and other towns, and was made chief officer of 
the company ; he was mustered into the U. S. service as Capt. 3 
Oct. 1861, rank from Sept. 25, and resigned therefrom 14 Dec. 1861. 

frcgp' Harvey S.' has been associated with Edward B.° in the 
manufacture of patent paper boxes, and their talent, enterprise and 
assiduity have earned - s? ■ s^s!?/? 

large success. Harvey ^^^^^^ ^^%^^^ 
has obtained patents for ~--f— 

eighteen of his own CS 

inventions. In 1S92, after the business of Munson Bros, was con- 
solidated with the business of other firms to constitute the National 
Folding Box and Paper Co., Harvey became the mechanical 
engineer and a director of the company ; he is now secretary of 
the company, whose headquarters have been removed to New 
Haven (Congress Ave.). 

Francis 8 (Charles 7 , Jos. K.°, Kirk 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 15 July 1827 ; m. 
10 June 1850 Sarah Augusta dau. of William Willcox of Clinton, 

Fam. Rec; Town Rec, 22 March 1864. 


Clan Daniel*: Francis'. 753 

Ct. Bookbinding, printing, bookselling, and official ; Rep.; Cong.; 
res. New Haven, Ct., Chicago, 111., Washington, D. C, Windsor 
Park, 111. 

Children : 
i. Frank Wilcox 9 b. 17 Sept. 1S54 in Clinton, Ct.; fire-insurance ; res. 

ii. Lillian Griffith 9 b. 27 Jan. 1859 in Chicago ; m. 1 Oct. 1S85 Willard 
W. Brimm ; res. Bellevue, Idaho ; 2 ch. — (1) Wallace Munson 10 
*. 13 July 18S6, (2) Sarah Mabelle 10 b. 26 April 1890. Lillian G. 
was educated Mt. Holyoke Fern. Sera.; in 18S2 began teaching 
(under Northwest Educational Commission) a Gentile school at 
Colville, Utah, ( a Mormon town of 1500 people,) the only person 
bearing the name of Christian, and the only woman who is not or 
has not been a Mormon, 
iii. Mabelle Augusta 9 b. 15 Sept. i860 in C; d. 21 March 1863. 
iv. Annette Darling 9 * b. 5 Nov. 1865 in C. ; in a millinery establishment. 
v. Marie Myrtle 9 b. 29 April 1866 in C. 

Francis 8 engaged in the book-trade at New Haven in October 
1843 ; he took the first prize for the best printed-book binding at 
the fair of American Institute, N. Y., 1853. In June 1854 he 
removed to Chicago where he carried on business in books, 
stationery, printing and binding, — prominently in the manufacture 
of blank books. Received the first prize for printed-book binding 
and blank books from Chicago Mech. Inst. 1854, and for best 
blank books 1855 ; for the best blank books from 111. State Agr. 
Soc. 1856, and from American Institute, N. Y., 1857. In 1883 he 
"was appointed to a prominent position of trust in the Gov't 
Printing Office in Washington," which he still holds (1892). 

During the War of the Rebellion Francis was very active and 
efficient in supporting the Union cause. He assisted in caring for 
the sick and wounded on the post-hospital steamer City of Mem- 
phis, at Fort Donelson ; and was with Commodore Foote when he 
took possession of Clarksville, Tenn. He was selected by the 
Sanitary Commission to take charge of a railroad train sent to 

* Annette has had a semi-romantic and semi-tragical experience. She accepted some atten- 
tions from George W. Little, jr., but at length discarded him. " He then swore," says a news- 
paper, " that if she didn't permit his attentions, he would create a sensation such as Kenwood never 
before had. The night of March 8, 1S91, Annette was at home alone at 4^07 Yincennes avenue. 
About 7 o'clock George called and after a stormy scene left. He came back later and brought his 
brother Albert with him. He asked the girl to go away with him and she refused. Then, says 
Annette, they attacked her and dragged her out of the house and in a severe storm took her to 
the house of Little, at 4923 Lake avenue. Mrs. Little called Dr. H. F. Lewis and also sent for 
Annette's brother Frank. Both the doctor and the brother were made to believe, it is alleged, that 
Annette was crazy and tried to kill herself and George [drew a revolver and shot at him]. That 
night Mrs. Little and the doctor took her to the detention hospital. She was confined there two 
days and a night, until her mother, who was in Washington, came home and succeeded in getting 
her released." Suit was brought against G. W. Little, his wife, and two sons; and after a trial 
lasting six days, a verdict was rendered awarding the plaintiff $5,500. 
4 3 

754 The Munson Record. 

convey nurses and sanitary supplies for the relief of those engaged 
in the siege of Vicksburg; this heavy train was prepared by the 
Chicago Board of Trade in a single afternoon, $5,000 being raised 
in one hour. Francis visited "a protegee regiment," the 51st 111., 
and presented it with a set of colors ; on these were inscribed New 
Madrid, Island No. 10, Stone River, and Chickamauga "where they 
were shot to tatters"; he then replaced them with a new set, — 
eight men were killed in bearing them through the battles in the 
Atlanta campaign. Francis 6 sent a substitute into the Army and 
one into the Navy; the latter "was an old man-of-war's man, with 
an experience of nine years, and did meritorious service under 
Commodore Farragut, at the fight and capture of Mobile." 

Mr. Munson was identified with the Republican party from its 
organization, and has given it his zealous support. In 1868 he was 
elected to the Illinois House of Representatives ; his career as a 
member was characterized by activity and fidelity. During the 
session of the Assembly in 1869 he "exposed the great frauds 
which had been perpetrated against the State in the contracts for 
paper and printing" ; the contracts were annulled. The correction 
of this wrong antedated the demolition of the notorious Tweed 
ring in New York. But his greatest service as legislator consisted 
in engineering through the House, the South Park system, — 1055 
acres, with a frontage of if miles on Lake Michigan. This public 
ground includes Jackson Park, of about 600 acres, the site of the 
Columbus Fair. " The bill instituting the South Park was intro- 
duced by me, and referred to my committee, that of banks and 
corporations. My most important work during the session was the 
management of this bill in both committee and lower house. How 
well this work was done is proved by the vote, the measure being 
adopted by eighty-one in favor to four against." 

Francis 9 was admitted to the church at Woodbridge in May 1843, 
and to the North Church, New Haven, in October 1843 ; Sarah A. 
was admitted to the North Church in March 185 1 ; both were 
dismissed in 1855. They were received by Plymouth Church, 
Chicago in 1859, and were members of the 1st Cong. Ch. in 1884. 


Marcus J." (Marcus*, William", Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 )^. 11 Nov. 1817 ; 
m. unc. 1 Jan. 1842 Nancy Nichols b. 18 Aug. 1817 ; he living 1892. 
Shoemaking, carpentry, farming, — "most everything"; res. Bea- 
con Falls, Ct. 

Clan Daniel': Lewis T." 755 

Children : 
i. Laura 9 , d, 15 Jan. 1862, a. 20. 
ii. Frank Benj. 9 b. 12 March 1849 ; d. 2q Feb. 1884. 

Marcus' residence has always been on the same spot ; but it 
was first in Oxford, then Bethany, and then Beacon Falls. He 
remarked — "I was brought up to attend the Church." 


Laura E. 8 (Marcus 7 , William', Daniel', Daniel 4 ) b. 14 Sept. 1818; 
m. 27 Nov. 1833 Clark Phelps; 3 ch.; he d. at Bethany; m. (2nd) 
Truman Castle of Roxbury ; 4 ch. ; he d. at Seymour ; m. (3d) Oct. 
1882 Ozias Langdon of Plymouth ; no ch.; he d. at Barkhamsted. 
Meth.; res. Barkhamsted, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Edward D. 9 , contractor N. H. Clock Co., res. New Haven. 
ii. John 9 , dec. iii. Unknown, 

iv. Wilbur 9 , dec. v. Wayne 9 b. in Seymour, 

vi. Laura 9 b. in S. vii. Dennis 9 b. in S. 

Laura E." is a devout Methodist and sometimes has "the Power." 
Once during a meeting held at her house, she arose and addressed 
the leader, saying — "Brother Cables, the good Lord tells me to 
wash your feet." " Well, sister Langdon, if the Lord tells you to 
wash my feet, then wash them." And thus it was. 


Lewis T. 8 (Marcus', William", DanieP, Daniel 4 ) b. 5 Aug. 1823 ; 
m. 12 April 1846 Lois E. dau. of John Camp, b. 9 Aug. 1828 in 
Athens, O.; he d. 2 Aug. i860. Farmer ; Meth.; res. Bethany, 
Ct., she res. Flint, O. 

Children : 
819. i. William Cook 9 b. 20 April 1847 in Bethany. 

ii. Sylvester Sterling 9 b. 9 Aug. 1849 in Beacon Falls ; went off South 

(in displeasure) about 1870 and has not since been heard from, 
iii. Fannie Eva 9 b. 23 Jan. 1855 in Beacon Falls ; m. iS Feb. 1878 Eben 
P. Sharp of Columbus, O., attorney-at-law and Dem.; res. Flint, 
O.; 3 ch.— (1) Stella 10 , dec, (2) Mabel 10 , (3) Infant. 

Lewis T. 8 lived in that part of Bethany which has been incor- 
porated as Beacon Falls. 

George W.' (Marcus', William", Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 14 Feb. 
1826 ; m. 14 April 1847 Betsey C. dau. of Benoni Perkins of 

75 6 The Munson Record. 

Waterbury, b. 29 Jan. 1826 in Bethany. Carpenter; Rep.; res. 
Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Georgiana Eliza 9 b. 21 Jan. 1S50 in W.; m. 6 Aug. 1868 Clayton C. 
Andrews, <r. 21, b. in Haddam ; d. 5 Feb. 1869 ; res. Waterbury ; 
1 ch. — Clayton Munson 10 b. 31 Jan. 1869. 
ii. Isadora E.' /'. I April 1S53 inW.; m. 1 April 1873 Albert 8 son of 

Henry T. Munson, which see. 
iii. Charles William 9 b. 28 Nov. 1854 in New Haven ; m. 18 Aug. 1S83 
Mary Hayes of Woodbury ; jack at all trades ; 1 ch. — Dora M. 10 

George W. 9 was three years in the War : enlisted 15 July 1862 
in Co. C, 14th Conn. Volunteers ; promoted Corporal 1 Oct. 1862 ; 
transferred 26 Sept. '64 to Co. I, 14th Regt. (guarding rebel 
prisoners, Rock Island, 111.) ; dismissed 15 July 1865. 


Dennis H." (Marcus 7 , William 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel 4 ) b. 10 Aug. 
1828 ; m. 14 June 1846 Abigail Ann Thomas of Waterbury b. 28 
Aug. 1826. Auger and bit maker ; Rep.; Meth.; res. Seymour, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Eva Jane 9 b. 30 March 1847 > n Hamden, Ct.; m. (by Rev. E. Har- 

wood, Episc.) 3 Oct. 1864 Henry S. Peck, a. 21, of New Haven, 

occ. "bonded warehouse" (retired); res. Brooklyn, N. Y., 

Chapel St., New Haven, Ct. 
ii. Edith H. 9 b. 17 Dec. 1863 in New Haven ; unm.; Meth.; res. New 

Haven (with sister). 

Dennis H. s was admitted elector at Hamden April 1850 ; bought 
land there 21 May 1853, paying $200; was elected constable by 
the same town in October 1856. Abigail A. became a member of 
the 1st Cong. Church, Waterbury, 7 May 1843 ; after long absence 
without reporting, her name was dropped 28 Feb. 1868. Dennis 
has been a trustee of the Methodist Church in Seymour (e. g., 


Willis 8 (Albert L.', William", Daniel 8 , Daniel 4 ) /'. 8 Oct. 1819 ; 
m. Sarah Potter b. in Bridgeport, a perpetual invalid; he d. 15 
Dec. 1892. Shoemaker; res. Bethel, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Andrew Clark 9 , dec. 

ii. Mary Charlotte 9 , m. William Quinn ; has dau. Mary' ; res. Dan- 
bury, Ct. 
iii. Harriet Lovina 9 , m. Charles Baisley ; res. Bethel ; 3 ch. — Frankie 10 , 
Willis Isaac 10 , and Julia 10 . 


[See p. 7<>i. 

Clan Daniel*: Charles". 757 

iv. Elizabeth', res. at home. 

v. George Arthur 9 , m. Josephine Prindle ; res. Bethel, 

vi. Charles Benjamin 9 , unm. 

vii. Emma Jane 9 , dec. viii. William Henry 9 , dec. 

In subscribing a conveyance 3 April 1843 Willis made "his 


Lewis' (Albert L.', William", Daniel 6 , Daniel*) b. 15 Jan. 1821 ; 
m. 10 Nov. 1850 Abby Jane Lyon of Huntington ; 1 ch.; she dec; 
m. (2nd) unc. Bridget Delia Daily ; he dec. Tanner ; res. Derby, 
Seymour, Ct. 


820. i. Henry Lewis 9 . 

Lewis 8 was admitted elector in Huntington 1853. He and his 
wife Bridget D., being "of Derby," gave mortgage 25 Aug. 1864. 


Charles 8 (Albert L.', William 9 , Daniel 5 , Daniel 1 ) b. 9 Jan. 1822 ; 
m. 29 Jan. 1844 Frances E. Raynolds b. 23 Aug. 1826 in Woodbury. 
Watchman ; Dem.; Meth.; res. Whitestone, L. I. 

Children : 

821. i. Albert Leander 9 b. 22 Sept. 1845 in Woodbury. 

ii. George William 9 b. 7 July 1847 in Woodbury; d. 25 July 1855. 

iii. Cordelia Elizabeth 9 b. 26 Feb. 1S50 in Birmingham ; d. 11 Feb. 1855. 

iv. Mary Frances 9 b. 23 June 1856 in B. ; d. 4 Sept. 185-. 

v. Lottie Louisa 9 b. 7 May 1868 in Whitestone. 

Being " of Whitestone " Charles 8 conveyed to Marcus 7 % acre 
with dwelling-house in Long Hill Dist., Huntington ; date, 6 
April 1866. 


Harriet E. e (Albert L. 7 , William", Daniel", Daniel') b. 6 July 
1823 ; m. 22 Oct. 1844 Charles C. Fisher of Litchfield, a carpenter ; 
he d. 28 Dec. 1888. Res. Litchfield, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Ellen Marr 9 b. 22 July 1S45 ; /«. James A. Farnsworth ; he dec; 
res. Whitneyville ; 2 ch. — (1) Lelia Maud 10 *. 28 Feb. 1874, dec, 
(2) Clifford R. 10 *. 10 June 1876. 

ii. Wallace Delone 9 b. 31 March 1847 ; m. Lizzie Richmond of Thomas- 
ton ; tool-maker in watch-shop; res. Thomaston, Ct.; 3 ch. — 
Leon 10 , Leslie 10 , and Hazel 10 , dec. 

758 The Mtmson Record. 

iii. Sabra Elizabeth 9 *. 17 Oct. 1849 ; m. Frederick C. De Forest of 
Thomaston ; 9 ch. — Leah M. 10 , dec, Leroy W. 10 , Amy C. 1 ", Emma 
H. 10 , Alice B. 10 , Ollie C. 10 (twin), dec, Clara 10 , Clytie 10 (twin), 
Raymond 10 , dec. 

iv. Mary Charlotte 9 b. 5 Dec. 1S51 ; m. George L. Goodsell of Bristol ; 

1 ch.— Bertha Fisher 10 b. 21 July 1888. 
v. Fannie Eliza 9 b. 15 Sept. 1854 ; d. 4 Oct. 1879. 

vi. Emma Jane 9 b. 24 April 1858 ; m. Willard W. De Forest of Litch- 
field ; 5 ch.— (1) Howard Revere 10 *. 13 Feb. 1S82, (2) Gladys May 10 
b. n June 1S84, (3) Clinton Willard 10 *. 23 Feb. 1887, (4) Mildred 
Harriet 10 b. 20 Nov. 188S, (5) Kenneth Raymond 10 b. 4 Jan. 1891, 

vii. Lillian 9 b. 2 May 1S61 ; d. 2 Aug. 1873. 


Mary 6 (Albert L. 7 , William", Daniel 5 , Daniel*) b. 10 Oct. 1829 ; 
m. 18 Aug. 1848 George R. Redfield of Birmingham. Res. Water- 
bury, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Mary Amelia 9 b. 29 May 1849 I '"• in Birmingham 4 July 1S66 Oscar 
W. Cornish; res. Waterbury, Ct.; 3 ch. — (1) Everett Augustine 10 
b. 6 July 186S in Birmingham, d. 21 July 1S74, (2) Lester Melville 10 
6. 2 May 1875 in Huntington, (3) Agnes Ethel 10 b. 10 May 1885 in 
ii. Martha J. 9 b. 14 May 1851 ; d. 27 June 1851. 
iii. Emma J. 9 b. 26 July 1853 ; d. 12 March 1856. 

iv. George S. 9 b. 17 Sept. 1855; m. Libbie ; 2 ch. ; stone-cutter; res. 
(Brewster) Lake Mahopac, Putnam Co., N. Y. 


George E. e (Albert L.', William' 1 , Daniel 5 , Daniel*) b. 6 Jan. 
1836; m. 24 Nov. 1861 Mary Munro b. Nov. 1842. Bolt-maker; 
res. Shelton (in Huntington), Ct. 

Children : 
i. Robert William 9 b. 29 Oct. 1662 ; «.,■ tuner in organ factory ; res. 

unc. Shelton. 
ii. George Albert 9 *. 9 July 1865 ; unm.; lathe-burnisher in silver-shop ; 

res. Shelton. 
iii. Charlotte 9 b. 13 April 1868 ; in.; 1 ch. 
iv. Sarah Jane 9 b. 19 Jan. 1872 ; d. 9 July 1S72. 
v. James Lewis 9 *. 23 Sept. 1873 ; d. 17 Jan. 1875. 


Sarah M. e (Albert L.', William", Daniel 5 , Daniel*) b. 26 Dec. 
1838 ; m. James H. Lewis of Stratford, horse-training and driving. 
Res. Stratford, Bridgeport, Ct. 

Clan Daniel 1 : Lucius E. s 759 

Children, b. in S.: 
i. Frederick James 9 b. 11 Nov. i860; m. Addie M. Dorman of Ham- 
den, Ct.; meat-market; res. Stratford; 1 ch. — Leonard Curtis 10 
b. 14 Nov. 1882. 

ii. Hattie Charlotte 5 b. 30 July 1862 ; d. 16 Dec. 1863. 

iii. Jennie Louise 9 b. 16 Nov. 1863 ; m. Wilbur J. Curtis of Kingston, 
N. Y., a printer ; res. Stratford ; 1 ch. — Leslie James 10 b. 4 July 

iv. Edith May 9 b. 19 Jan. 1869. 

v. Orange Hubbel 9 b. 29 Nov. 1875. 

Lucius E." (Gorham 7 , Gorham 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel') b. 5 Feb. 1831 ; 
m. 8 Aug. 1857 Emily J. Hawkins of Maidstone, Vt., b. 24 Dec. 1833 ; 
5 ch.; she d. 4 Aug. 1873 ; m. (2nd) 26 April 1876 Mrs. Catharine 
J. Gourley of Bloomington b. 4 July 1837, a Dem.; 1 ch.; he d. 13 
Feb. 1890. Foreman, dairyman ; Rep.; res. Bloomington, 111. 

Children : 
i. Julia N. 9 *. 9 July 1858 in Aurora, 111.; m. June 1859 William Hill, 
master-mechanic on the Iron Mountain R. R., and a Rep.; res. 
Tyler, Tex.; 4 ch. — 3 boys, 1 girl, 
ii. Lilly E. 9 b. 29 Feb. i860 in Aurora ; d. 13 April 1861. 
iii. Wilmot C. 9 b. 29 April 1864 in New Haven, Ct.; unm.; machinist ; 

Rep.; res. Aurora, 111. 
iv. Ella W. 9 b. 9 Dec. 1866 in Bloomington; m. 19 April 1892 Chas. S. 
De Graff, editor and proprietor of "The Tremont Sun"; res. 
Tremont, 111. 
v. Carlos L. 9 b. 4 Aug. 1869 in B. ; unm.; machinist (locomotive build- 
ing and repairing); Rep.; res. Bloomington, 111., Osawatomie, 
vi. Frank E. 9 b. iS May 1878 in B.; res. with his mother in B. 

Lucius E. e learned the trade of joiner and carpenter. He was 
foreman many years in sash and blind factories. While in New 
Haven 1864, the records called him " machinist ". In Bloomington, 
he became foreman of the planing-mill of the Chicago and Alton 
R. R. Co. Later he pursued farming and stock-raising, and at the 
last was operating a dairy farm. He belonged to the Masonic and 
Odd-Fellow fraternities. He joined others April 1872 in quit- 
claiming to Sarah wife of Lyman Nettleton their right in 5 acres 
+ 17 acres in Orange. 

George L. s (Gorham', Gorham , Daniel", Daniel*) b. 9 Feb. 1833; 
m. 21 Dec. 1863 Selina D. dau. of Timothy Pierson, b. 21 Dec. 1847 
in DeKalb, 111. Carpenter; Rep.; Bapt.; res. Aurora, 111., Mil- 
ford, Ct. 

760 The Munson Record. 

Children : 
i. Ida B. 9 b. 31 Oct. 1864 in Aurora; m. 6 March 1S82 Silas G. Tram- 

mell of New Castle, Mo., a car-repairer and Pro.; Bapt. ; res. 

Aurora, 111. 
ii. Lilly M. 9 b. 19 June 1867 in Aurora; m. 10 Nov. 1888 George F. 

Trammell, a farmer and Dem.; res. Erie, Kan. 
iii. Sada E. 9 b. 28 Nov. 1S69 in Pleasanton, Kan.; m. 25 Dec. 1884 

Henry Knox of Streator, 111. , an engineer and Dem. ; res. Aurora, 
iv. Julia"/'. 12 April 1872 in Godfrey, Kan.; m. 8 Aug. 1888 William 

son of Orion Tiffany of Aurora, a carpenter and Rep.; res. 

v. Rosa B. 9 b. 16 Aug. 1874 in Bethany, Mo.; m. 10 April 1892 William 

Penny of De Kalb, 111., laborer and Dem.; res. Aurora, 
vi. Anna V. 9 b. 7 July 1877 in Beth.; d. 24 Oct. 1890. 
vii. George Lewis 9 b. 30 Oct. 1879 in Beth.; d. 8 Feb. 1885. 
viii. Birdie E. 9 b. 31 Dec. 1S81 in Beth.; d. 21 Feb. 1885. 
ix. Willis Thomas 9 b:2 May 18S4 in Aurora ; d, 13 May 1890. 
x. Goldie Elsa 9 b. 6 May 1886 in A. 
xi. Walter 9 b. 30 Sept. 1888 in A. 


Theodore A. s (Gorham', Gorham 6 , Daniel 6 , Daniel 1 ) b. 17 Dec. 
1845 ; m. at Bloomington 19 Oct. 1S72 Maggie E. Leslie of Ohio ; 
1 ch.; she d. 21 Oct. 1876 ; m. (2nd) 29 Nov. 1881 Fannie E. dau. 
of Peter Barnhouse, Esq., of Lexington, 111.; 1 ch. Carpenter, 
assistant P. M.; Rep.; res. Bloomington, 111. 

Children, b. in B.: 

i. Henry Benham 9 b. 28 June 1875 ; employed in Chicago and Alton 

freight-office at Bloomington. 
ii. Lyle Oscar 9 b. 2 April 1887. 

Theodore was a graduate of the New Haven city schools. He 
then learned the trade of joiner and carpenter. In the Spring of 
'65 went West : travelled through 111., Mo., Tex., Kan., Ind. Ter. 
and Col.; in the winter of 1S69 settled at Bloomington. Entered 
the postal service as letter-carrier 1 Dec. 1873, and working his 
way upward, became assistant postmaster in Dec. 1882 ; was 
removed by Democrat politics in June 1885, and was reinstated 
1 May 1889. — He was concerned in the conveyance of 4 acres with 
buildings, it being the homestead of Maria K. Munson, 29 Oct. 


Wallace G. e (Gorham 7 , Gorham , Daniel 6 , Daniel 4 ) b. 23 Dec. 
1854 ; m. 1 May 1877 Hattie E. dau. of Daniel Clark of West Haven, 
b. 6 June 1857. Farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. West Haven, Ct. 

Clan Darnel'': Adelaide A.' 761 

Children : 

i. Lillian May* *. 25 April 1S78 in Westbrook, Ct. 

ii. Sarah Piatt 9 b. 6 Nov. 1S79 in Westbrook. 

iii. Ella Louise 9 b. 6 May 1882 in West Haven, 

iv. Catharine Julia 9 b. 7 April 1S84 in W. H.; d. 23 Nov. 1892. 

v. Leslie Wallace 9 *. 1 June 1885 in W. H.; d. 23 June 1887. 

vi. Daniel Clark 9 *. 8 Oct. 18S7 in W. H. 

vii. Ruby Marian 9 b. 24 Feb. 1S90 in W. H. 

Wallace G.° occupies the old homestead about three-quarters of 
a mile west of the village. " An industrious and respectable man." 

Adelaide A. 8 (Edward W.', Ransom 6 , Daniel 5 , Daniel') b. 15 Sept. 
1841 ; in. 4 July i860 Thomas Ash. Rep.; Presb.; res. Sing Sing, 
N. Y. 

Children, b. in S. S.: 

i. Francis L. 9 b. 3 April 1S61 ; in. 25 Sept. 1SS0 Matilda Campbell ; 

stove-mounting, shoe-treeing; Rep.; Presb.; res. Sing Sing; 

4 ch. — (1) Viola A. 10 *. 19 Nov. 1S81, (2) George E. 10 b. 29 June 

18S4, (3) Flora 10 b. 15 Feb. 1890, (4) Irving 10 b. 7 April 1S92. 

ii. Claribel 9 b. 7 Sept. 1863; m. 22 Nov. 1SS3 Albert D. Robinson; 

res. Sing Sing ; 1 ch. — Albert' b. 22 April 1891. 
iii. Edward H. 9 b. 27 Nov. 1866 ; d. 24 Feb. 1867. 
iv. Bertie V. 9 b. 16 June 1S68 ; d. 16 March 1869. 
v. Albert A. 9 *. 23 Feb. 1870; d, 10 Aug. 1883. 
vi. Harry N. 9 b. 25 July 1872 ; unm.; in a shoe-shop, 
vii. Viola 9 b. 18 Jan. 1S75 ; d. 8 Oct. 1877. 
viii. Herbert 9 b. 18 Jan. 1878 ; d. 20 Jan. 1878. 
ix. Eugene S. 9 b. 22 Sept. 1880. 


Edward H.' (Edward W.', Ransom", Daniel 5 , Daniel') b. 7 July 
1846 ; in. 25 March 1866 Emily Jane dau. of Philo Tuttle, of Wood- 
bury, b. 15 Feb. 1845 ; 2 ch.; she d. 7 July 1870 ; in. (2nd) 11 July 
1878 Rebecca A. Hayes ; 2 ch. Res. Meriden, New Britain, Ct. 

Children : 
i. ii. Twin dau. b. 7 July 1870 ; one d. same day, the other twelve days 
iii. Edward John 9 . iv. Alice 9 . 

Charles L." (Charles L.', Lewis', Daniel 5 , Daniel') b. 3 April 
1836 ; m. 22 June 1857 Mary Jane Bristol of Milford ; she d. in M. 
3 Jan. 1884, a. 43 ; ;//. (2nd) 9 July 1890 Carrie A. Smith ; he d. 4 
Nov. 1893. Carpenter, janitor ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

762 The Miinson Record. 

Children : 

i. Charles Albert 9 b, 22 Sept. 1S59 ; d. 3 June 1861. 
ii. Fannie Jane* b. 2 June 1S62 ; res. Milford, Ct. 
iii. Walter Lewis 9 b. 12 Sept. 186S ; res. Waterbury, Ct. 
iv. Addie May 9 b. 26 Aug. 1870 ; m. 27 April 1893 Frederick J. Piatt ; 
res. Milford. 

Charles L., Jr., was six years foreman of Arctic Engine Co., No. 
1, in Milford. In 1880 he was appointed by the selectmen of Mil- 
ford one of twenty special policemen to enforce laws securing 
Sunday from desecration at the shore. During his later years he 
was janitor of Todd's Block, Elm street, New Haven. 


Charles B. 9 (Charles N. 8 , Charles', Jos. K. 6 , Kirk 5 , Daniel') b. 18 
April 1852 ; m. 7 June 1876 Eleanor A. Hoffman of Newburg, 
N. Y.; m. (2nd) 12 Dec. 1877 Fanny J. Taylor of Key West, Fla., b. 
10 Aug. 1857. Various occ.,e.g., Lieut. U. S. Rev. service ("sailor 
by nature"). 

Children : 
i. Charles Newton 10 b. 2 Oct. 187S in New Haven, 
ii. Milford Herman 10 b. 24 June 18S0 at Key West. 

C. B. 9 's name is at the head of a petition that a conservator be 
appointed for his grandfather Charles', who "by reason of old 
age and infirmity is incapable of managing his own affairs ", and 
who is confined at the State Hospital contrary to his wish. 

Mary G. 9 (Edwin B. e , Charles 7 , Jos. K. n , Kirk 6 , Daniel 4 ) b. 18 
April 1S46 ; m. (by Dr. Beardsley) 20 June 1867 Richard Henry 
Greene, b. in X. Y. C. 12 June 1839, a lawyer. Presb.; res. N. Y. 

Children : 
1. William Todd 10 b. 26 April 1868 ; d. 23 Nov. 1869. 
ii. Marshall Winslow 10 b. 13 Jan. 1870 ; clerk N. Y. Mutual Life Ins. 

Co.; member 7th Regt. N. G. S. N. Y., the S. A. R., and Ai*. 
iii. Maude Eloise 10 (twin) b. 13 Jan. 1870; d. 8 June 1876. 
iv. Edna Munson 10 b. n July 1874 ; member D. A. R. and D. L. P. 
v. DePeyster 10 b. 12 Feb. 1876 ; d. iS July 1876. 
vi. Arthur Garfield 10 b. 14 Oct. 1880 ; d. same day. 

This entire family are members of the Park Presb. Ch., where 
R. H. G. is an elder. Mary G." is one of the Comm. of Safety of 
the N. Y. Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. 



Clan Daniel'': Edivard B.' 763 

R. H. G. grad. Y. C. 1862 (is A.M.), LL.B. Columbia 1865. He 
was appointed second-lieutenant 2 Oct. 1862 authorized to recruit 
for the Pierrepont R., N. Y. Vols., promoted to captain and mus- 
tered into U. S. service Dec. 18, rank from Dec. 3, 1862, commanded 
the battalion until the consolidation 23 Jan. 1863 with 14th N. Y. 
Cav., when he was offered the position of major, but never mus- 
tered as such. During the summer of 1863 accompanied the N.Y. 
Seventh to Maryland and served with them there and during the 
draft riots in New York. Appointed 1 June 1864 Capt. of Engi- 
neers, 69th N. Y., and July 6th when the regiment was mustered 
into U. S. service he was mustered as P. M. and Post Adjutant, 
serving till Oct. 1864. 

He was Prest. N. 2nd St. & M. V. R. R. 1882-4, and of the 
Brooklyn, Bushwick & Queens Co. R. R. 1885-6, when he resigned 
on account of sickness. He is Librarian of N. Y. Genealogical 
and Biographical Soc, member of Lafayette Post, G. A. R., Society 
of 1812, Sons of the Rev., Society of Colonial Wars, etc. 


Edward B.° (Edwin B. s , Charles 7 , Jos. K. 6 , Kirk 6 , Daniel*) b. 12 
June 1854 ; m. (by Rev. E. Hawes) 24 Feb. 1879 Josephine Ella 
Leavenworth. With Harvey S. constituted Munson & Co., mfrs. 
of patent paper-boxes ; in 1892 manager of the New Haven fac- 
tory of the National Folding Box and Paper Co., Reade St., N. Y., 
of which he is a director. Rep.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Grace Amelia' b. 24 April 1S80. 
ii. Maud Josephine 10 b. 22 Nov. 18S1. 
iii. Harvey Benjamin 10 b. 20 Dec. 1SS4. 
iv. Ethel May 10 b. 13 Aug. 1892. 

Edward B." was candidate in 1892 for alderman. He and H. S.' 
are enterprising, prosperous, and -o .-, t?(l 

withal genial. We should add "^^Uuy/Q ^^.^^ 
that they and their two brothers -^ 

constitute The Munson Tobacco Co., incorporated in Aug. 1893, 
and are manufacturers of "the Munson continuous cigarette 


William C (Lewis T.\ Marcus', William", Daniel 6 , Daniel') />. 
20 April 1S47 ; m. 15 April 1879 Lucretia E. Stambaugh b. 29 May 
1S60; he </. 21 June 1883. Tobacco-dealer; res. Columbus, O. 

764 The Munson Record. 

Children, b. in C. : 
i. Sterling Cook 10 *. 6 Sept. 18S0. 
ii. Ollie Eugenia' b. 10 Oct. 1S82. 


Henry L." (Lewis 9 , Albert L. 7 , William 8 , Daniel 6 , Daniel 1 ), m. 18 
April 1872 Emeline Ritchie of Huntington. Carpenter ; res. Sey- 
mour, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Frankie Lewis 10 b. 8 Aug. 1S73 in Huntington, 
ii. Phebe E. 10 b. 13 Aug. 1877 in Southbury. 
iii. Henry Somers 10 b. 27 March 1SS2 in Seymour, 
iv. Bertie Elmer 10 b. 11 June 18S4 in Seymour. 

Mother of H. L. 9 died when he was twelve hours old. 


Albert L." (Charles 5 , Albert L.', William", Daniel", Daniel 1 ) b. 22 
Sept. 1845 ; m. 23 Dec. 1S66 Louisa dau. of Benjamin Kissiam of 
Whitestone, b. 27 Jan. 1S46. Butcher, contractor ; Dem.; Meth.; 
res. Whitestone, L. I. 

Children, b. in W.: 
i. Margaret Frances 10 b. 18 June 1868 ; m. 29 Oct. 1890 John Hutchins 

of Willimantic, Ct. 
ii. Benjamin Royal 10 b. 4 May 1S70 ; d. 1 March 1S79. 
iii. Emma Louisa 10 b. 19 Nov. 1871 ; m. 16 July 1SS7 Edwin Holcombe 
of Charleston, S. C.j 2 ch. — (1) Florence Mildred 11 b. 17 June 
1888, (2) Grace Estelle 11 b. 22 Oct. 1890. 
iv. Nettie 10 b. 10 May 1873 ; d. 12 July 1873. 
v. Frederic Laurence 10 b. 24 May 1874 ; d. 22 Oct. 1874. 
vi. Twin to F. L. 10 , d. unnamed, 
vii. Ida Belle 10 b. 13 Jan. 1876. 

viii. Albert Elmer 10 b. 25 Sept. 1S77 ; d. 14 July 1878. 
ix. Ella May 10 b. 25 Oct. 1879. 

x. Charles Edward 10 b. 15 May 1882 ; d. 20 July 1S82. 
xi. Maud S. 10 b. 16 June 1SS3. 
xii. Grover Cleveland 10 b. 7 Dec. 1884. 
xiii. Gilbert Lawrence 10 b, 26 Nov. 1887 ; d. 16 Aug. iSSS. 

Albert L. 9 has served as constable. 

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Clan Benjamin. 

Theophilus 3 , Samuel*, Thomas'. 

Benjamin' b. 28 March 171 1 ; m. (by Rev. Mr. Jon2 Arnold) 6 
June 1732 Abigail dau Dea. John* and Abigail (Ailing) Punder- 
son. Schoolmaster ; res. York St., New Haven, Branford, Ct. 

Children : 

823. i. Eneas 5 b. 13 June 1734 ; bp. 24 Nov. 1734 at First Ch., New Haven. 

824. ii. Abigail 5 b. 28 Sept. 1735 ; bp. 2S Sept. 1735 at First Ch. 

iii. Benjamin 5 b. 2S Feb. 1738/9 ; bp. 5 March 1738 ; d. 9 June 1746, te. 

iv. Susannah 5 b. 28 Feb. 1741 ; bp. 2S Feb. 174^ ; d. 21 Sept. 1743, a. 

6 mo. 3 w. 
v. Hannah s f (" Dafter of" B. M.) bp. 3 Feb. 174 4 / 6 . 

vi. Susannah 5 , m. 13 Nov. 1766 Nathan Howell (son of Stephen, son of 
Stephen) ; she d. 15 Dec. 1770, <r. 25 ; he d. (consumption) 23 Dec. 
1784 ; their ch. 25 Oct. 1784^: were (1) Stephen 6 , (2) Nathan 6 , m. 13 
Oct. 1792 Lucy Thomas, who was admitted to First Church 24 
Nov. 1793, and the}' had Leveretf bp. 24 Nov. 1793, Susanna' bp. 
12 April 1795, Wealthy 1 bp. 25 June 1797, Abraham 1 bp. 1800, all 
at First Ch. March 22, 1754, Benjamin 4 , " for y" Consideration of 
y* Love Good will and Natural affection which I have and Do 
bear to my three Children Eneas 5 , Abigail 5 , and Susanna 5 Mun- 
son of si Town" — conveys to them "in equal Proportions" a 
one-fourth acre lot bought of Thomas Punderson, bounded N. 
on highway, E. on y" Town Street, S. and West on " y e homelot 
which formerly belonged unto Deacon John Punderson now 
Dec d ". This was at the corner of Chapel and York Sts., where 
the home of Eneas 5 afterwards was. N. H. owned a store 
"on the South side of the east end of George street." His 
" house and homelot," on the south side of George street, were 
sold by Eneas 6 Munson as administrator in June 1799. Nathan 
Howell and wife " publicly owned their baptismal Covenant" at 
the First Church 27 May 1770. 

* 1673-1742 (Steward of Y. Coll. 1721-28) ; son of Dea. John, c. 1644-1729 ; son of John, Esq., 
the settler, who d. 1681. 

t Possibly " Hannah " may be a clerical error for Susannah. 

% Date of N. H.'s Will; Dr. Eneas 6 was chosen guardian to his minor children in 1785; as 
adm'r, Eneas sold Jer. Atwater, for $10.60, "a certain tract or parcel of Land upon the waters of 
Lake Erie, which tract of Land was Granted to the Said Nathan deceased and others by the 
Legislature of the State of Connecticut as a compensation for the loss Suffered by the degradations 
of the brittish troops during the late American war:" Munson certities that Howell's loss was 

766 The Munson Record. 

Dr. Eli Ives wrote : " Benjamin' Monson was a respectable 
mechanic, and frequently taught school, and was also a man of 
original wit." His superior standing - # 
is indicated (1747) by the title "Mr." JsM-/ ^yW^^L^ 
Dr. Ives states that he had " a large v * 

family of children," a part of whom were " destroyed by that 
malignant disease called (at that time) black canker, — a gangrenous 
form of scarlet fever." 

Gen. Wadsworth's Plan of New Haven, dated 1748, locates 
" Ben Munson, schoolmaster," in a two-story, red house, on the 
west side of York street ; it was some distance southward from 
the present Chapel street. The Yale Medical School, 150 York 
street, stands on his home-lot. Benjamin* had previously owned 
a dwelling-house (1 741-1745) on the north side of Grove St., 
opposite the ancient homestead of Capt. Thomas 1 Munson. In 
1 761 his home was on the corner of York and Chapel Sts.; in 
January of that year he presented one-half of the habitation to his 
son Eneas, then twenty-six years of age. He was still a resident 
of New Haven 5 May 1793, but was accounted a citizen of Bran- 
ford 4 March 1794, and was still residing there 17 May 1796, when 
he had reached the age of 85. 

Benjamin' shared in the distribution of his father's ample estate. 
We quote the following: "My Will is y 1 my Son Benjamin be 
reckon? & allow ^50 ["old Tenor"] before he Comes into 
Share with his Brethren, in yf Consideration of what I laid out 
upon him wiiile he was in Boston." 

Theophilus 3 , 26 March 1741, for "the love goodwill and natural 
affection that I have and do bear unto my loving son, Benjamin* 
Munson of s d New Haven," conveys, "a certain Home lott in s d 
New Haven with the Dwelling House there on standing," — there 
being one acre. This was directly opposite the homelot of Ben- 
jamin's great-grandfather, Thomas 1 . Benjamin bought of Capt. 
Isaac Dickerman, in Nov. 1742, |^ of an acre bounding his prop- 
erty northward. Jan. 8, 174 % he sold his lot, now grown to 2/6 
acres, to "Capt. James Tallmadge Joyner" — "with all the build- 
ings thereon whether Houses Barns out houses fences yards wells 
waters water courses Trees orchards Nurserys Gardins or what 
Ever Else there is on s l1 land"; price, ^325. The property was 
described as being " in the quarter commonly known by the Name 
of Coopers quarter," bounded " South and Westwardly by a . . 
or Back Street of the Town [Grove], Northwesterly by a high way 
that Leads to the second quarter pastures [= Prospect St., now 
several rods further west], North eastwardly by Land of Capt. Isaac 

Clan Benjamin*: Himself. 767 

Dickerman, and South eastwardly by land of M r Samuel Mix and 
said James Tallmadge." 

After the death of Deacon John Punderson, Benjamin and Abi- 
gail appear to have had possession of his old home in York St.;* 
we should probably date their accession between 1742 and 1748. 
Between that place and Chapel street was a corner lot containing 
"about thirty rods, with a Barn on y e Same"; it was bounded 
Easterly by y e Country road, Southerly and Westerly by Land of 
s? Benj" Munsons, and Northerly by a two rod highway ; he 
acquired this property from Thomas Punderson, Weaver, 29 Dec. 
1748, the consideration being "a good barn well finished." On 
this lot, at a later period, stood the residence of his distinguished 
son Dr. Eneas. 6 

From his father's estate, Benjamin 4 received ten pieces of land, 
including " the blackslee pasture," about $->, acres ; about fourteen 
acres "in y e great plains"; "y e Neck pasture," except one-half 
acre set to Israel' and Theophilus' ; and one-quarter of some lots 
in Cheshire and Waterbury. From May 5, 1793 to May 17, 1796 
he had several transactions with J. Hunt and H. Huggins in 
regard to some real-estate — a "homestead," a "shop," etc. — 
"between y e Neck bridge and long bridge." 

Benjamin' made about twenty-four sales of land between 1746 
and 1796. These included 28 acres (to J. Atwater) "Towards y e 
upper end of y e Great Neck," bounded S. by "a Certain Highway 
leading to a place Called y" Landing Tree" (Feb. 1749) ; 1^ acres 
meadow (to D. Atwater) " at a place Called y e Landing tree," 
bounded E. by " y e East River ; " 2A acres meadow (to Theophilus 4 ) 
in " Westfield," bounded E. " on y° River Called y c West River " ; 
in 1756, one acre (to Thomas Clap, Prest. of Y. C.) beginning at 
the southeast " Corner of our Home lot by y e Churches Land and 
thence runing by y e Town Street North 34 E., 6 8 / 10 rods, to a stake 
standing 30 feet S. from our Dwellinghouse " ; in 1761, he gave to 
his son Eneas 6 (ce. 26) "The one-half of our Dwelling house 
including y e whole of that part Last built Called the New end as 
also y L ' one half of our homelot," and likewise " the one-half of 

•Since writing the above, I have discovered that the Deacon's Will, dated Jan. 14, 1739/40, 
gave his dau. Susannah, wid. of Rev. Stephen Munson, the use of his dwelling-house while she 
should remain single, and it was to pass from her to his son John. But Susannah died about half a 
year before her father ; the Deacon died July 3, 1742 ; and the following Nov. 26th, his son, Capt. 
John, died, ir. 33, intestate and childless. (His wife probably died in Oct. 1739.) By an agree- 
ment of Capt. John's heirs, Jan. 1747/8, Abigail and Benjamin Munson had Jl*r- " The Homelot 
where Said Dec? used to dwell, in quantity five acres and an half & 20 Rods, together with all the 
Building thereon Standing and being ; also 3 acres & 1 quarter of Land in y° Pine Rock field ; " 
and three other pieces.— Abigail had received by her father's Will ,£200 " in money or moveable 
estate." Her son Eneas received three pieces of land. 

768 The Munson Record. 

our well ; " in 1765, he presented his grandson Eneas' one half 
acre which he bought of Jonathan Mix, it being "the Northwest 
corner of y e homelot on which I Live," bounded N. on highway, 
and E. and S. upon my homelot. 

Among the parcels of land sold in 1756 to defray the expense of 
building "the Brick Meeting house," were "Eight Acres of Plow 
Land at the West End of the Churches which Lyeth South of Mr. 
Benjamin Munsons." 

Benjamin 1 was accepted as freeman at New Haven in 1736 ; was 
chosen tythingman for the first Society in Dec. 1744, again (with 
Aaron Day and others) in 1747, again (with Jared Ingersoll and 
others) in 1748, and yet again in 1754; in 1747 he was chosen a 
lister. He was appointed with his brother-in-law David Austin, 
in Dec. 1742, an administrator on the estate of Capt. John Punder- 
son; and in April 1752 he was appointed sole administrator on 
the estate of his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Minor. His wife Abigail 
became a member of the First Church, New Haven, Nov. 21, 1734. 
There is an interesting oil portrait of her in possession of Charles 
C. Monson. 


Eneas 6 * (Benjamin 1 ) b. 13 June 1734 ; ;;/. 15 March 1761 Susannah 
Howellf (dau. of Stephen and Susannah) ; 9 ch.; she d. 12 P. M. 
21 AprilJ 1803, ce. 64 y. 2 m.; m. (2nd) 24 Nov. 1804 Wid. Sarah 
Perit§ ; no ch.; she d. 25 July 1839, m. 69; he d. 8 P. M. 16 June 
1826. Physician; Cong.; Whig; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children! : 
i. Clarinda'' b. 30 Dec. 1761 ; bp. (by Mr. Whittlesey) 24 Jan. 1762 ; 
unm.; d. 17 Aug. 1841, a. 79. She lived with her father, and con- 
tinued to live in the old home at 70 York St., until the end. Grace 6 
Munson Wheeler called upon her once after her father's death. 
Clarinda 6 became a member of the First Church 26 June 1803. By 
his Will her father gave her "the use and improvement of all the 
northerly part or half of my Dwelling House, half the woodhouse, 
yard, well, and Garden during her natural life " ; 2 shares in the 
Rimmonsfall Turnpike road ; " my right by heirship and pur- 
chase in the Pundersons 9!^ Division right in the fresh meadow so 
called in the town of Orange ; " furniture and utensils ; "whole 

* Thus spelled always by him ; some scribes, finding the name difficult, wrote Neas and Nease 
and Nehas. His son's name has the classical form, tineas. 

t Rec. First Ch. 

t Fam. Rec; Ch. Rec, April 23. 

§ Rec. Trinity Ch. 

II All the sons of Dr. Eneas 5 except Henry were pretty tall, large, portly men, and all except 
George were pretty good-looking."— C.~ M. 

Clan Benjamin*: Eneas 1 . 769 

set of Crocker)- which have the initials of my name " ; "family 
great Bible"; etc. By her step-mother's Will she received a 
shawl and workbag, and she had a small legacy from her brother 

825. ii. .<£neas 6 b. n Sept. 1763 ; bp. 18 Sept. 1763 at First Ch. 

826. iii. Elijah 6 b, 8 March 1765 ; bp. 31 March 1765 at First Ch. 

827. iv. Wealthy Ann 6 b. 3 March 1767 ; bp. 8 March 1767 at First Ch. 

v. Susannah' b. 29 July 1768 ; bp. 31 July 1768 at First Ch.; d. 24 Aug. 
1769, a. 13 mo. 

828. vi. George 6 b. 25 May 1771 ; bp. 9 June 1771, ib. 

829. vii. Elihu 6 b. 4 Dec. 1774 ; bp. 25 Dec. 1774, ib. 

830. viii. Henry 6 b. 10 Feb. 1777 ; bp. 16 Feb. 1777, ib. 

ix. Frederick 6 b. 15 Feb. 1779 ; bp. 28 Feb. 1779, »'*•/ <£ ir > West Indies 
12 Nov. 1795. 

The professional character and public career of Dr. Eneas 6 , so 
celebrated as a wit and so distinguished in science and in medi- 
cine, will be presented below by y~ ** 
writers of eminence. He was a gradu- <^*f <.n~4 6/rf**sx*^-S-~*X. 
ate of Yale in 1753, and became a 

preacher* though not a pastor, during a very few years. He was 
chaplain to Lord Gardner, stationed on Long Island, in the 
French War of 1755. After he had received his license to preach, 
says a newspaper, he had occasion to go down South into Vir- 
ginia. Before he started, he wrote a sermon from the text, 
" Remember Lot's wife." He preached it all the way down there, 
and said that it was as good as a new-milch cow to him. When 
ready to return, he concluded to take another route back, and 
preach " Lot's wife " all the way home, as this was the only sermon 
he had with him. Before he got out of Virginia, however, he had, 
unawares, stopped in a parish to preach where he had preached 
" Lot's wife " when going South, but he did not remember this till 
he got up to preach, when as soon as he gave out his text, 
" Remember Lot's wife," he said that an old woman jumped up 
and sung out to him — " Why, sir, we have n't forgot her since you 
was here before." 

Eneas' began practice as a physician at Bedford, N. Y., in 1756 ; 
thence he removed to New Haven in 1760. He continued in 
practice during seventy years. Lossing, the historian, remarks : 

♦"Centennial Papers" (1877) relates that one Saturday evening he was in the company of a 
Connecticut minister with whom he expected to spend the Sabbath, who said to him—" You must 
preach for me to-morrow." " No, sir ; I should be afraid to preach before your congregation, 
because you have so many intelligent men in it." The next morning the minister took him into 
his barn-yard, and said to him—" Do you see that great ox > He won't poke. Do you see that 
great ox ? " pointing to another. " He won't poke." He then said, " Do you see that little steer ? 
He can't poke." The minister added, " You will preach for me to-day." Upon this Mr. Munson 
said he readily assented. 


yyo The Munson Record. 

" Being a man of piety, he often administered medicine to the 
mind, by kneeling at the bedside of his patients and committing 
them to God in prayer." It was one of the functions of Dr. 
Eneas " to communicate small-pox by inoculation.* " " March 28. 
1785 Voted that D'- Lewis Morgan be placed in y e Same Situation 
with regard to his small pox hospital with Doct^ Eneas Munson 
if he should pursue his innoculation." 

There is an oil portrait of Dr. Eneas 6 in the Yale Medical 
School, and Thatcher's Medical Biography is enriched with an 
engraving of the same. It represents him as a man of plain 
features, but with a very sprightly look. His grandson Charles' 
states that he wore a big wig with a queue. According to the 
same authority, he sometimes wrote whole letters in Latin. His 
great-granddaughter Mrs. Oviatt informs me that Dr. Eneas did 
not correct his boys on Sunday ; on Monday morning he generally 
had corrective business to attend to. He was a victim of yellow 
fever in 1794, and subsequently published an account of the 
operations of that scourge in New Haven. Benjamin S. 7 informs 
me that his grandfather dined with Washington as a guest of 
Roger Sherman ; the home of Sherman was on Chapel street 
nearly opposite the College. The Connecticut Academy of Arts 
and Sciences was incorporated in Oct. 1799 : Timothy Dwight was 
president, Dr. Eneas Munson one of the five counsellors, and 
Noah Webster one of the three secretaries. In Jan. 1861 he was 
presented with one-half of his father's dwelling-house, where he 
lived, it is believed, a dozen years or more ; he resided, during 
more than half a century (probably), at the corner of York and 
Chapel streets, — quitclaimed to him in 1774 by Stephen" Munson, 
who was maternally his first cousin, paternally his second cousin. 

Old Dr. Skinner, quite noted as a constable about town, observed 
that the family of Dr. Eneas Munson was an abridgment of all the 
nations of men that ever dwelt on the face of the earth, — having 
reference to the diversified traits of his children, each a strong 
character yet quite distinct. The Doctor was at one time an owner 
of slaves. His negro Sabina married 20 Jan. 1774 Cato, servant 
of Hezekiah Sabin ; and on the same day his servant Yankee was 
baptized. Mrs. Susannah Hotchkiss is authority for the statement 
that her grandfather Eneas freed his slaves. At any rate there are 
none included in the inventory of his estate. The first wife of 

L Vaccination was practiced by my father one year after the close of the War of the Revolu 
./Eneas' Monson in Lossing's Field-Book. 

Clan Benjamin*: Eneas". 771 

Dr. Eneas was admitted to membership by the First Church 25 
Jan. 1783 ; her epitaph is as follows : 

11 With pious zeal she served her God 
And built her hopes upon his word." 

His second wife was a communicant in Trinity Church. He 
himself switched off to the Episcopal Church in 1814, because, 
according to Charles', he was indignant that the First Church 
people would build a new meeting-house, — he thought the old 
one good enough. 

The account of Dr. Eneas 5 with his cousin Major William 11 , in 
the book of the latter, extends from 1769 to 1792. He buys limes 
at 8d per dozen, cheese at 2/4 per pound, molasses at 1' 6' 1 per gallon, 
mackerel at 3 d apiece, rum at 3'6 d , coating at 7. 6 ; he is credited 
with white-oak boards at 4 s 6 d per hundred, pitch-pine boards at 
5., "By Sundries from his Book " ^14. 7. 3, (unc.) "By Medicine 
and Attendance from June 1788 to March 1792, £2. 14. 4," etc. 

Dr. Eneas's transactions in real-estate were numerous. As 
many as ten mortgages received by him were recorded between 
1782 and 181 1. We have already seen that his father presented 
him with one-third of the quarter-acre at the corner of York and 
Chapel Sts. in 1754, and one-half of his own dwelling-house in 
1761. His cousin Stephen 5 Feb. 1, 1774 quitclaimed to him for 
^150 all right "unto my Dwelling house situate in said Town 
where I formerly Dwelt, together with all my Interest in the Land 
where s d house stands, — the land Contains one-quarter of an acre 
bounded North and East on highways, south and west on s d Eneas 
Munsons Land." Eli Whitney secured $10,000 with 100 acres 
and "all mill seats" &c. to ten persons including Dr. Eneas 5 , who 
became bound for $20,000 to the U. S. for execution of contract, 
in 1799. 

Between 1755 and 1825 he made 32 sales of real-estate, and united with the 
Howells in four sales, and with the Perits in five. He sold Rev. Joseph Noyes, 
1 July 1755, 10 acres, "lying North East from the Town in an Inclosure Called 
the Great Neck " — bounded E. upon " the ferry River," and westward upon 
" the highway that goes from the upper Gate to the ferry." He sold to J. Gil- 
bert, April 1756, salt meadow in y e Subburbs Quarter " near y" place Called y° 
Red bank," bounded W. by " y e River." He conveyed three-fourths of 21 
acres of swamp and upland at " ox Hill near the west Rock " in 1772. He con- 
veyed to Henry Daggett, for ^270, one-half acre with y" Dwelling house &c, in 
Yorkshire Quarter — fronting on the Town Street and bounded " N. and W. by s d 
Munsons home lot, and S. on land Sequestered to the use of a professor of 
Divinity in Yale College ;" date, 21 Dec. 1752. For the consideration of ^20 he 
transferred to Nathaniel Yale in 1792 " a building formerly occupied as an 
Hospital." In Nov. 1792 he conveyed 8 acres " on the great road Called the Long 

772 The Munson Record. 

lane," bounded " East on the long lane or Cheshire road." Eneas 5 , 12 April 
1811, released to Elihu 6 a mortgage on 75 rods with dwelling-house, garden, &c, 
"where s' 1 Elihu 6 now lives", bounded E. on Temple St. and N. on the home- 
stead of John H. Lynde. He and his wife Sarah obtained $1,000 from T. 
Atwater, in 1818, for five-eighths of 4 rods, with buildings, bounded S. on 
Water street and W. on Fleet street. It was estimated in 1799 that the Doctor 
was damaged to the extent of $6 by the Derby Turnpike (which extended from 
York St. to Derby Landing) : the road passed his house and barn, and flanked 
his property 4 chains 42 links further ; it next bounded his son jEneas's land 
3 chains 32 links. 

Illustrating the change in values, Charles 1 Monson relates that one of his 
grandfather's patients called and said : " Dr. Munson, I don't see how I'm ever 
going to pay your bill ; I am owing you $200. There is my homelot, adjoining 
my homestead ; take it, please do, and call our debt and credit even." " Oh 
Mr. Leavenworth," replied the Doctor, " I don't want the lot ; you better keep 
it." " I do wish you would take it," persisted the debtor. Mr. L. departed, 
when .(Eneas', jun., who had noted the conversation while he sat silently read- 
ing a book, expressed surprise that his father did not accept the lot ; "it must 
be worth something," he said. " My son, what could I do with it ?" The tract 
offered by Mr. L. included the present Library street, and if all the buildings 
upon it were cleared off, might sell, Mr. Monson estimates, for 150 or 200 thou- 
sand dollars. 

Eneas 5 was chosen a grand-juryman in 1766 and 1778, a lister in 
1767, a highway surveyor in 1790, member of committees concern- 
ing support of the poor in 1785, '88, '91, '92, and was a member (with 
Pierpont Edwards) of the first common-council of the city in 
1784, Roger Sherman being mayor. In May 1776, he was appointed 
a justice of the peace for the county of New Haven. He was 
chosen seven times during the Revolutionary era a member of 
the Legislature, serving continuously from May 1778 through 1781, 
excepting the May session of 1780. In June 1782 the town 
instructed Eneas Munson and James Hillhouse to request the 
General Assembly "to appoint a Committee to fix the place to 
build the bridge over East Haven River ;" a lottery for raising 
_£~iooo in aid of the undertaking had been authorized. 

Judge Lynde Harrison addressed the Historical Society in Dec. 
1886 on political questions and parties in New Haven, during 
which he said : " The prominent New Haven leaders of the 
patriotic party during the Revolutionary period* were Samuel 
Bishop, Col. Jonathan Fitch, Dr. Eneas 5 Munson, James Hillhouse, 
Henry Daggett, Jesse Ford, Pierpont Edwards, Simeon Bristol, 
Jonathan Ingersoll and Timothy Jones."f The Committee of 

* Jan. 4, 1779. Voted that Roger Sherman, Samuel Bishop, S r , and Eneas Munson, Esq'*, be 
agents in behalf of this Town to make Application to the Gen u Assembly to gil reimbursment of 
y Charges incurred to S'l Town in Consequence of s 1 ,' Towns being obliged to have Guards from 
the first of Jan. 1778 at different Seasons to the first day of January 1779. 

t Where were Roger Sherman and Col. Wooster? 

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Clati Benjamin': Eneas", jj^ 

Inspection — to examine suspects — appointed n Dec. 1775, in- 
cluded Eneas', and BazeP Munson. The General Assembly in 
May 1777 appointed Wait Goodrich, Dr. Eneas Munson, Constant 
Southworth, and Col. Joshua Perlix as inspectors of gunpowder 
made in the State, and re-inspectors of saltpetre at the powder- 
mills in this State. At a meeting of the civil-authority 30 Nov. 
1777, Eneas was one of fourteen (including Hez h Sabin jun. and 
Joseph Howell) who were granted " License to Trade agreeable to 
Act of Assembly." At a meeting held 29 Dec. 1777, " The articles 
of Confederation of the united States of America being laid before 
this Town, for their consideration," a committee of thirty-three 
including Eneas 5 and BazeP Munson, Charles Chauncey and 
Pierpont Edwards, was appointed to deliberate upon the same, and 
report. Mr. Hillhouse, Mr. Mark Leavenworth, Eneas Munson 
Esq r and Docf Levi Ives, 28 June 1780, were appointed a com- 
mittee " forthwith to draw an association with regard to the Illicit 
Trade carried on with our enemies," especially on Long Island, 
and report the same to this meeting. Benjamin S.' informs me 
that his grandfather cultivated prickly ash in his garden for med- 
icine, and that when the British invaded the town, he threw his 
silverware into that prickly thicket. His store of medicines was 
not molested by the enemy. 

His personal estate at death was valued at $850, his real-estate 
at $3410. The inventory includes many books, a lot of medicine, 
a watch, a silver tankard ($30), 32 ounces of silver, a lot bounded 
70 feet on Derby Turnpike, $225, another with dwelling bounded 
54 feet on same, $700, another east of above (55 feet front), $275, 
and a lot with " the old mansion House at the corner of York St. 
and Derby Turnpike road, $2200. His Will remits what is due 
him from Elijah" and George 6 and Elihu"; gives Wealthy A." his 
portrait and silver tankard ; remits all dues to David Daggett (in 
consideration of his many services and kind attention to me) and 
presents him with all the volumes of the Christian Observer ; 
gives Dr. Eli Ives " Boerhave's lectures and my medical Physical 
Journals"; and there are various bequests to his grandchildren, 
while the Foreign and Home Missionary Societies and the Bible 
Society receive $20 each. In making provision for his wife, he 
eulogizes her affectionate, and cheerful attentions during his 
lengthened indisposition. The testamentary instrument, dated 4 
Nov. 1825, commences : "I . . recommend my soul to my 
Divine Redeemer who is the resurrection and the life, hoping 
for a blessed immortality through his merits and mediation, — 
laboring under the infirmities of age and feeling many harbingers 

774 The Munson Record. 

of my speedy departure from this transitory world, — daily expect- 
ing and as I hope and trust patiently waiting for that solemn 
event. " His gravestone in the old burving-ground, on Maple 
Avenue (W. side), bears a long and eulogistic inscription. 
From Thatcher's Medical Biography, published in 1828 : 
After graduating at Yale College in 1753, "he entered upon the 
study of Divinity under the instruction of Dr. Styles, then a tutor 
at Yale College. At the period of the French War, in 1755, he 
officiated as chaplain to Lord Gardner, who was stationed on 
Long Island ; but finding his health decline in consequence of 
the exertions necessary in preaching, he commenced the study of 
medicine under the direction of Dr. John Darby of Easthampton.* 
In 1756 he entered upon his professional course in the town of 
Bedford, State of New York, from whence in 1760 he removed to 
New Haven, where he obtained a permanent and very respectable 

" He was active in forming the Medical Society of Connecticut, 
and was early called to the presidency of that body, and was 
annually reelected as long as he was willing to serve. He was 
appointed a professor in the medical institution of Yale College 
at the time of its organization, and continued in office until his 
death, although he did not enter upon the discharge of the active 
duties of the station. This venerable man sustained for more 
than half a century the highest reputation as a learned, profound, 
devoted and successful physician. Endowed by his Creator with 
a powerful and discriminating mind, animated by an ardent love 
of knowledge, and habituated from early life to observe, reason 
and investigate, he was, until age and infirmities checked his 
career, constantly advancing in professional science and useful- 
ness. Although he came upon the stage before many of the great 
modern discoveries and improvements had been made, he main- 
tained an extensive acquaintance at home, and a correspondence 
with eminent men abroad ; he procured and studied the most 
recent and celebrated works ; obtained specimens of new and 
important substances; made many important experiments in 
pharmacy and in the kindred branches of physical science, and 
allowed no valuable improvement to escape his observation. He 
first introduced many indigenous articles of the materia medica 
into regular practice, and laid the foundation for the study of that 
important branch, which has since been so successfully pursued 
at Yale College. Had he entered upon professional life thirty 

* Long Island. 

Clan Benjamin* ': Eneas'. 775 

years later, he would probably have been one of the most suc- 
cessful and distinguished cultivators of science, which he always 
loved for its own sake ; but his great object was practical utility, 
and he hastened to carry to the bedside of his patients every 
remedy and every alleviation, the efficiency and safety of which 
had been fully ascertained. 

" His devotion to his patients was unwearied, and the spirit 
which prompted his efforts was highly benevolent. He was the 
active friend of the poor, the distressed and the forsaken, and his 
deportment was happily adapted to the varying character and 
situation of his patients. When immediate danger was not appre- 
hended, and especially where the spirits of the invalid needed the 
cordial of cheerfulness, no man knew better than he, how to dissi- 
pate the gloom which grows out of the habitual contemplation of 
corporeal infirmities. This he effected by kind and encouraging 
remarks, by sallies of humor and pleasantry, and by the historical, 
biographical and characteristic anecdotes and recollections which 
a life eventually covering one-half of the whole existence of 
English America, and rendered the more interesting by personal 
acquaintance with many distinguished men of the very momentous 
epochs in which he lived, had enabled him to collect and preserve 
in his capacious and retentive memory. But Dr. Monson knew 
also when to be grave, and no unseasonable sprightliness was 
permitted to appear when serious danger filled the sick-room 
with anxiety. On such occasions he was able and willing to 
proffer the comfort and consolations of religion ; and in that 
awful hour, when all the aids of science and skill availed no 
more, he could act the part of a Christian friend and instructor, 
and in solemn prayer at the bedside of his patient could commend 
the departing soul to the mercy of God through the Savior of 

" During the War of the Revolution he was repeatedly a mem- 
ber of the Legislature, and for many years in the commission of 
the peace. While in public life, he actively cooperated with those 
who now sleep with him in the dust, in securing the rights of the 
people of his native State. His profession, however, was his 
theatre of action, and for the long period of seventy years he was 
here eminently respected. Such was the habitual and even filial 
confidence reposed by the community in his superior talents, 
knowledge, skill and professional zeal, that in the rising and risen 
generations this feeling had become almost traditionary ; and 
it was with extreme reluctance that his numerous friends and 
patients could be induced to relinquish his services, even when 

776 The Munson Record. 

old age had rendered this indulgence indispensable. After he 
became confined for the greatest part of the time to his own 
house, he was still, in difficult cases, the oracle for advice and 
consultation ; and his capacity and his disposition to be in this 
manner useful, continued to the last. 

" Through his long career of almost a century, when he had 
lived until no one remaining in his native city had survived so 
long, he found religion the staff of his age, as it had been the 
guide of his youth. His habitual trust in God through Christ, 
brightened as he advanced into the full glow of assured hope, 
and although his last days were distressed by bodily suffering, his 
sun set with unclouded splendor, the cheering harbinger of a 
glorious morning." 

From Dr. Eli Ives' Historical Sketch of the Medical Society of New 
Haven Co., published in the Journal and Courier, Oct. 26, 1852. 
(This sketch includes biographical notices of six physicians : 
"more than half the space devoted to these prominent individuals 
is dedicated to Munson." Dr. Bronson, quoted below, derives 
much of his information from this memoir. I present extracts 
from Dr. Ives.) 

Dr. Ives erred unaccountably in supposing that Eneas was the 
only child of Benjamin who survived childhood ; his sister Abigail 
became the mother of Susan Sherman, the wife of the celebrated 
Dr. Croswell, and his sister Susannah was the wife of Nathan 

" Dr. Monson possessed a talent at observation, and a very 
retentive memory. He was a student and a scholar, and wrote 
the Latin language with elegance and facility. His reading was 
extensive and varied. He was a rare instance of a retentive 
memory, combined with sound judgement. 

" He was never a pastor ; he did not continue long in the 
ministry on account of the failure of his health. His manner, 
when speaking on religious subjects, or in the act of devotion, 
was always solemn and dignified, and no one doubted his sincerity 
as a Christian. He ever adhered to his Calvinistic opinions, and 
it was with much feeling that he denied the charge made against 
him during the latter part of his life, that he had given up his 

"No one in this vicinity was as well acquainted with miner- 
alogy as he. He studied chemistry with zeal and made many 
chemical experiments. He was looked up to by all his medical 
brethren on all subjects relating to chemistry and pharmacy. Dr. 
Monson was a pioneer in the science of botany, extensively 

Clan Benjamin': Eneas*. 1TJ 

acquainted with plants, unrivalled in his knowledge of indigen- 
ous materia medico, and in materia medica generally probably his 
superior was not to be found in Europe. I presume those who 
hear me, are not aware how much they are indebted to Dr. Monson, 
for what knowledge they possess of materia medica, and of the 
practice of medicine. He often prescribed the actaea, the san- 
guinaria, the aletris, the veratrum, the guilandina, the chryso- 
plenium, the zanthorrhcea, the hostilis, and the isnardia. Many 
articles of the materia medica, of a doubtful character, he tested in 
his practice ; and his ideas thence obtained were definite, and his 
conclusions accurate. When unknown articles of the materia 
medica were presented to the Medical Society for the purpose of 
learning their names and uses, all eyes were turned to Dr. Monson, 
who was able to solve the difficulties, and to give the history of 
the articles. To Dr. Monson the faculty of this country were 
more indebted for the introduction of new articles and valuable 
modes of practice than to any other individual. He was for a 
long period preeminently at the head of his profession. 

" Dr. Monson was fond of agriculture and may be called a 
scientific agriculturist. He knew well the value of salt as a 
manure, and was an efficient member of the company which 
drained and diked out the tide from that large tract of land called 
the West Meadows. He ever took a lively interest in all the 
discoveries in the arts and sciences. 

" A peculiar trait of the character of Dr. Monson was a talent 
and fondness for wit. He often lamented it to his friends, but 
the propensity was so great as to be almost irresistible.* [Yet] he 

* I condense Dr. Ives :— The Yale seniors, of whom Eneas 6 was one, were planning for a ball, 
when the graduates persuaded them that it would be decorous to commit the management of the 
undertaking to the tutors and graduates ; the undergraduates were then excluded ! When the 
dancing began in the third story of the Chapel, Munson and some other students went into the 
attic, and commenced rolling cannon-balls directly over the heads of the dancers, by which the 
festivity was interrupted. Rushing upon the offenders, the tutors caught Munson, reprimanded 
him, and sent him home, — retiring in a very submissive manner. The music and the dance began, 
when young Munson ascended quietly and alone to the attic and again the thunder of the cannon- 
balls drowned the music and created disorder in the ranks. A large tierce of ashes stood at the 
top of the stairs, with a broad shovel in it ; and when there was another foray, Munson poured 
such a shower upon his assailants as caused them to flee in confusion. There was quiet, and 
music and dancing were resumed, when the dreadful cannonade caused manly bosoms to swell 
with anger, while the gentler sex stimulated their partners to deeds of valor. A vaster and more 
suffocating shower repelled the attack. Again there was quiet, then music and the dance, and 
again was the insufferable discord of Munson's cannonade. A fourth sortie was repulsed with 
the same weapon, when, the ashes becoming nearly exhausted, Munson raised the tierce with its 
remaining contents over the railing, and precipitated the whole armory down the stairs. He 
followed and escaped, and according to Professor Ives was " never suspected by the faculty." 

In travelling from the Oblong ton the frontier of Conn, and N. Y.I, Dr. Eneas 1 msso 
annoyed at a public house by bugs, that he could not sleep. He got up and, having dressed 
himself, called for a pitcher of molasses and a light ; he then took the bed, placed it in the middle 

778 The Munson Record. 

rarely laughed, and from his appearance and the expression of his 
countenance, a stranger would think him austere. It is said that 
when travelling, he was once invited by a clergyman to preach, 
but objected, giving as his reason that he had no clean linen. A 
shirt was loaned him by the clergyman, and the next day the 
Doctor left carrying the shirt with him. The clergyman pursued 
and a race occurred to the great amusement of all who were 
acquainted with the facts. 

" During the struggle for the American Independence the Doc- 
tor took a decided stand with the Whigs. At this period he 
frequently represented the town in the Legislature, and sustained 
the office of justice of the peace. The committee of the public 
safety brought all their cases before Dr. Monson, who fearlessly 
condemned the enemies of the country. This required no small 
share of political courage, when we recollect that the town at the 
commencement of the struggle, was very near equally divided. It 
was thought that the Tories would have carried the vote at the 
first town-meeting after the commencement of the War, but for 
the speech of General Wooster. 

" If natural abilities, varied information, great industry, ready 
pen, a caustic and yet kindly humor, professional knowledge, 
acquired under great difficulties and dispensed with unbounded 
generosity, a probity that never waived, and a benevolence that 
knew no limits, constitute a character to be admired as well as 
loved, then the subject of our memoir will be both. We should 
be wanting in gratitude* and affection, if we did not, to the best 
of our abilities, set forth his claims to the respect of the profes- 
sion, and to be ranked with the illustrious dead." 

From Dr. Francis Bacon, in Hist, of New Haven, published 1887. 

of the room, made a circle round it with molasses, and with a loaded pistol watched the enemy. 
Soon such numbers of the little animals became fixed in the viscid fluid as to form a bridge, while 
others began to lL scale the walls " by means of this bridge. — when the Doctor fired. The inmates 
of the whole house were aroused, supposing some horrid accident had occurred, and rushed into 
the Doctor's room exclaiming — " What is the matter !" " Matter enough : don't you see they are 
scaling the walls ? is it not time to fire ?" 

Capt. Walter Brown invited Dr. M. to drink " a glass of white wine *', handing him a glass of 
peppered vinegar ; the Doctor tasted without remark. The latter soon had an opportunity of 
presenting the Captain with a root of arum, upon which he chewed for some minutes before 
perceiving the acrimony, when he exclaimed: "It is burning me to death! what is it ?" The 
Doctor coldly remarked — " It is white wine." 

Mrs. Reynolds of West Haven had angina pectoris, which the Doctor expected would prove 
fatal, and he advised her to prepare for death. In repeated visits he found her no worse, but she 
continued to be excessively agitated by the opinion which he had expressed. He remarked to her 
that he hoped she would not " die out of politeness to his opinion !" 

* Dr. Eli Ives was a favorite pupil of Dr. Munson, and was associated with him as Adjunct 
Professor of Materia Mcdica and Botany in Yale Medical College. His father, Dr. Levi Ives, 
was also a pupil of Dr. Munson. 

Clan Benjamin': Eneas". 779 

" His instructors were Dr. John Darby of Easthampton and Dr. Townsend of 
Gardner's Island. At Bedford he remained about two years. He was a practis- 
ing physician for seventy years. 

" From his correspondent Baron Storck, of Vienna, who resuscitated from 
oblivion and restored to medical activity the famous old poison that assisted at 
the euthanasia of Socrates, he received some of its seeds in a letter, by which 
means Conium maeulatum, having taken the Munson garden for its port of entry, 
still takes the opportunity of loafing along our road-sides, graceful, lurid and 
malodorous. Dr. Munson's attainments in chemistry and mineralogy added to 
his local renown. ' Upon these subjects he was the oracle of all this portion of 
the country.' says Dr. Knight, much sought after by bucolic finders of iron 
pyrites and other showy stones. It gives an agreeable flavor of antiquity to the 
Medical College to say that its oldest professor was an experimental alchemist.* 

" In spite of Dr. Munson's invalidism in early life and frequent sicknesses in 
later years, his vitality was of a tough fibre, so that it took a long time for an old 
man's malady to weary him out at the age of ninety-two — the oldest inhabitant 
then of the city. 

"A distinguished medical ancestry is very apt to beget doctors. Since Dr. 
Eneas, the vocation has been hereditary in the Munson stock. New Haven has 
has never been without some of his lineal descendants maintaining the family 
reputation in the medical profession." 

From Professor Silliman, jr.'s, sketch in the ponderous and 
sumptuous Yale Book, edited by Prof. Kingsley, and published in 
1879. (Extracts.) 

" Dr. Munson was licensed to preach, in connection with the Congregational 
denomination. His failing health fortunately turned his talents into their pro- 
per channel — the study of medicine. It was a deserved tribute of respect for his 
eminent talents and acquisitions, especially in the department of materia medica 
and botany, that, in spite of his great age (then nearly eighty years), he was 
selected to fill the Chair of Materia Medica and Botany in the Medical Institu- 
tion of Yale College. It was well understood to be an emeritus appointment, 
the duties of which would be discharged by his fond pupil and associate, Dr. 
Eli Ives. His wit and anecdotic power were among his most distinguishing 
characteristics. These enlivened not only his daily intercourse with society, 
but shed the sunshine of cheerfulness in the chamber of sickness. His humor 
was genial, his spirit kindly, and rarely sarcastic. . . A life full of active 
and zealous work in many lines of public and private duty and beneficence. 
No name in the early annals of medicine in New England stands out more 
sharply defined in the light of superior learning and wisdom than that of Dr. 
.<Eneas Munson." 

From Bronson's Medical History and Biography, published in 1877. 
(We give extracts.) 

" Eneas was brought up tenderly and sent to Yale College. 
Having done more than his share of mischief, for the most part 
without detection, he was graduated in 1753. Soon after, he was 

In respect to the transmutation of metals. 

"So The Munson Record. 

in Northampton,* engaged in teaching, where he joined the 
church. . . He was fond of metaphysics, and became a rigid 
Calvinist, maintaining opinions he never renounced. He was 
licensed to preach." He was never settled as a minister and did 
not long continue in that work. " He was afflicted with dyspepsia ; 
became a hypochondriac ; was afraid of being struck by lightning 
if he rode out ; and felt obliged to change his profession. Another 
reason was afterward given for the change. His instinct for wit 
and humor and his love of mirth sometimes got the better of his 
solemn and dignified endeavor, causing him to place the sacred 
and profane in irreverent juxtaposition. Numerous amusing 
anecdotes relating to his pulpit and other official performances are 
yet in circulation. On one occasion he read all the old notices 
which he found in the pulpit ; on another, he rode off with a shirt 
he had borrowed of a brother minister to preach in, hotly pursued 
by its destitute owner, who wanted it for the afternoon service."! 

With a very meagre knowledge of medicine, in his own estima- 
tion, Dr. Munson in 1756 began practice in Bedford, N. Y., within 
the limits of the disputed territory then known as the Oblong or 
Nine Partners, whence, in 1760, he removed to New Haven. 
" Before the Revolution, Dr. Munson had acquired a wide reputa- 
tion as a skillful and scientific physician. He was a patriot dur- 
ing the War. He was one of the committee of distinguished medi- 
cal men selected from different parts of the State to determine the 
qualifications of those proposing to enter the surgical department 
of the Army." He was one of those who organized the Medical 
Society of New Haven County. " No one was more influential 
than he in maintaining its usefulness, and giving it a reputation 
at home and abroad. From the beginning, he was a member of 
the committees of correspondence and examination, and did pro- 
bably as much to establish the Connecticut Medical Society as any 
other individual, possibly more. He was the first vice-president. 
He was honored with the degree of M.D., the third conferred by 
that body. For seven successive years he held the office of presi- 

On the list of members of the New Haven Medical Association, 
organized in 1803, "Dr. Munson's name stands at the head. He 
was at that time, and had been since Col. Hubbard's death, the first 
practitioner in the city. For a much longer period he had ranked 
highest in learning and science." In 1818 the association no 

* I still feel suspicious of this statement, though Dr. Bronson in a personal letter dated Feb. 
13, re-affirms it, naming Prof. Eli Ives as authority. 
t Compare Dr. Ives's version above. 

Clan Benjamin* : Eneas' 1 . 781 

longer met at his residence. " He had nearly given up practice 
though he still prescribed for those applying to him at his house. 
Even when much enfeebled by a protracted and painful disease 
(an enlargement of the prostate gland), his old friends did not 
feel safe till they had taken his advice. At the time of his death, 
he was the oldest person in the city. His funeral was attended at 
the Episcopal church where a sermon was preached by Mr. Cros- 

He was never weary of accumulating knowledge — reading, con- 
versing, observing, experimenting, corresponding by letter, etc., 
as he had opportunity. It is undoubtedly true that in the matter 
of professional learning and scientific information, he ranked with 
the eminent men of his country. It was practical knowledge 
which he most sought — that which he could carry to the bedside 
of sickness, and make useful in prescription. Dr. Eli Ives, his 
medical student and habitual eulogist, speaks in the most exalted 
terms of his attainments in science. He was a pioneer, laboring 
heroically and alone in a new and glorious field of inquiry. 

"For ready and genuine wit, Dr. Munson was one of the most 
remarkable men of his day. His conversation was racy and spicy, 
abounding in pithy sentences and amusing anecdote, with a peren- 
nial flow of quaint, humorous remark. Having a keen sense of 
the ludicrous, and an innate love of mirth, he grouped ideas in 
the drollest and most unexpected manner, and presented them in 
the most fantastic combinations. When disposed to be facetious, 
he would catch at a trivial observation or circumstance, and by 
adding a casual remark would make it appear supremely ridicu- 
lous. His liyeliest and sharpest sallies escaped him without effort 
and almost unconsciously. While others were splitting their sides 
with laughter, he looked serious and unconcerned as if nothing 
had happened. 

"The Doctor was once attending his son-in-law, David Daggett, 
a very able lawyer, much feared by his legal opponents. An 
anxious neighbor met him at the gate and inquired, ' How is your 
patient?' 'So so.' 'Is he dangerous ? ' ' No, nor will he be till 
he's better than now.' A woman with a large mouth, preparing to 
have a tooth drawn, threw open her heavy jaws ; Munson looked 
into the gulf, and stepping back, remarked blandly — ' Madam, 
you need not open your mouth so wide,— I shall stand outside.' 
He was once dining with the corporation at Commencement 
dinner, when President Dvvight, who was a good trencher-man, 
remarked, ' You observe, gentlemen, that I eat a great deal of 
bread with my meat.' 'Yes', said the Doctor instantly, 'and we 

782 The Munson Record. 

notice that you eat much meat with your bread.'* He gave to a 
student a writing certifying to his indisposition. The holder took 
it to President Dwight, and asked to be excused from recitation. 
The latter, ambitious to be thought to know symptoms, told him 
to put out his tongue. ' Your tongue, sir, is clean ; you cannot be 
excused.' The Doctor was again consulted, and resolving to take 
the conceit out of the President, gave the youth a bit of coloring 
substance, saying, ' Chew this, and go again to your master.' He 
did so ; the tongue was again called for, and its owner promptly 
excused. He gave an emetic to a troublesome neighbor, Isaac 
Doolittle, who in a fit of intoxication had taken an ounce of 
laudanum. The next day, finding his patient sober, he admon- 
ished him in the most solemn manner of the error of his ways, 
saying he had rescued him from a horrible death. ' I do not thank 
you for what you have done,' Doolittle replied. ' Well, I am sure 
the neighbors wont,' responded the Doctor. Nor did he spare his 
own household. His sons differed widely in their notions of the 
value and uses of money, and he was accustomed to speak of their 
peculiarities in a characteristic way : Eneas, Money-making Mun- 
son ; Elijah, Money-saving Munson ; Elihu, Money-spending 
Munson ; George, No-money Munson ; Henry, Catch-penny 
Munson. The boys in retaliation termed the old gentleman, Old 
Money Munson. 

" Pleasantry rather than satire was in harmony with his instincts. 
His humor was naturally of the genial, kindly sort — of the kind 
which excites agreeable emotions, and makes one a lively, cheer- 
ful companion. He was not a ready talker ; would not speak 
unless he had something to say, and did not make random state- 
ments. He could make the sick-room cheerful, keep up the 
spirits of the desponding, and inspire courage and confidence. 

" Professional opinion in his day did not permit a man of his 
standing to put his name on his door, and thus invite custom. He 

* President Clap obtained an insulated chair contrived by Dr. Franklin, in which a person 
could sit and fill himself with electricity, without experiencing any inconvenience from it, and yet 
could give a shock to a bystander by touching him. The President conceived the theory that if 
the electric spark on its passage from the operator in the chair, should go through a compound of 
medicine before it reached the bystander, it would cairy the essence of the medicine along with it. 
He asked Dr. Munson's opinion of it, and he replied that the idea was a most capital one. The 
small tube was filled with medicines. "Upon whom shall we make the first experiment?" 
inquired President Clap. " As you invented the theory, the honor to be the first one to attest its 
merits, belongs to yourself." The President readily assented, his countenance full of hopes and 
fears, and the Doctor's full of gravity. The latter seated himself in the chair, and filled himself 
with a powerful charge of electricity. He then remarked to the President (who had a very long 
nose), that a new idea had just come into his mind, which is that if I touch the end of your nose 
with the tube, you will be able to see what effect the smell of medicine will have upon you. Dr. 
Clap thought that this was a good idea. The tube was applied to the President's nose, and down 
he fell sprawling on the floor. 

Clan Benjamin*: Abigail". 783 

expected custom to come to him unasked, as it did. The dignity 
of the profession was well supported by him. 

"Dr. Munson was above the average size, erect and dignified in 
appearance. He wore a wig with a pig-tail, which is still pre- 
served. His grave countenance, rarely ruffled by a smile, and his 
serious, somewhat reserved manner led strangers to think him 
unsocial and austere. They could form no conception of the fun 
which lay pressed down beneath that rigid exterior, nor of the 
struggle it cost to keep the fastenings secure. 

" He was an honest man, sincere in his professions, faithful to 
his convictions,* a good member of society, just and true in all his 

"Dr. Munson belonged to the First Church of New Haven, and 
was a prominent member of the society; but in 1814, dissatisfied 
with the proceedings which resulted in pulling down the old 
meeting-house and building a new one, he took a dismission, and 
went to Trinity Church. He did not, it is said, renounce his 
opinions.f " 


Abigail 5 (Benjamin 1 ) b. 28 Sept. 1735 ; m. (by Rev. Whittlesey) 
3 June 1762 Adonijah son of James Sherman, b. 3 June 1735 ; he 
d. in Catskill, Sunday P. M., 1786, ce. 50 ; she d. 27 Dec. 1789. 
Res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Cornelia 6 b. 25 March 1763 ; unm.; d. 3 Jul)' 1834 ; became a mem- 
ber of First Ch. 8 April 1792 ; watch of Ch. withdrawn for dis- 
orderly removal 1818. 

ii. William 1 ' b. 27 July 1765 ; m. Nancy Stone of Guilford ; he d. 14 
Jan. 1849 ; 1 ch. — Amanda 1 , d. y. 

iii. Abigail 6 b. 1767 ; d. Oct. 1769. 

iv. Samuel 6 b. 3 Feb. 1769; m. 1 June 1790 Elizabeth dau. of Newman 
Trowbridge, /;. 10 Feb. 1769 ; he d. 5 Feb. 1S13 ; 11 ch. — (1) Eliza- 
beth 1 b. 28 Jan., d. y., (2) Elizabeth:): 1 b. 5 Sept. 1793, d. 15 Oct. 
!854, (3) Rebecca 1 b. n Oct. 1795, d. May 1816, (4) Sydney 1 *. 15 
Nov. 1797, d. jr., (5) Algernon 1 (twin) b. 15 Nov. 1797, d. y., (6) 
Sydney Algernon 1 b. 9 July 1S00, d. in Albany, a. 28, (7) John 1 b. 
6 Feb. 1802, d. y., (8) John 7 *. 15 Aug. 1804, d y., (9) John 1 /'. 15 
June 1806, d. March 1832, (10) Benjamin Munson 1 b. 15 June 
1809, m. Catharine S. Meeker of Trumbull, 1 ch., she d. 25 May 

* He once chewed tobacco, but broke himself of it, using for a little time bits of tarred rope 
as a substitute. 

t It will be remembered that the rector's wife was a niece of Dr. Eneas, while the rector him- 
self was an admired personage ; and that the second wife of Eneas was an Episcopalian. 

t At fourteen she was adopted by Dr. Croswell, ever after lived in his home, and used to 
accompany him in making calls. 

784 The Munson Record. 

1832, a. 21, m. (2nd) Sophia D. Taylor of New Milford, 1 ch., 
she d. 4 Jan. 1841, a. 2S, he d. 29 Sept. 1863, hardware store, res. 
cor. Chapel St. and Wooster Place, New Haven, (B. M. 1 was a 
great friend of Alexander 6 Munson,) (n) Abigail 1 b. 20 Feb. 1813, 
m. Rev. Henry Fitch whose first ministry was at Bethel and who 
was afterward assistant to Dr. Croswell, (he became deaf and 
soon afterward blind from standing in the graveyard at a funeral 
bareheaded in the rain.) Abigail 1 lives 1893 in High St., New 
Haven, and has aided us with information in regard to the 
descendants of her grandmother Abigail 5 . Later. — Shea'. 14 May 
v. Abigail 8 , unm.; d. 22 Nov. 1858. 

vi. Adonijah 6 , in. in Catskill ; d. 28 April 1786; res. Catskill, N. Y.; 
5 ch. (or more) — Cornelia 1 , Benjamin 1 , Susan 1 , Edward', Sarah 1 , 
all deceased, 
vii. Benjamin 6 , in. Wid. Polly Daggett in New Haven ; no ch. 
viii. Susan* 6 b. abt. 1779 in New Haven ; m. 16 Aug. 1800 Harry Cros- 
well b. 16 June 1778 in West Hartford, Ct.; she d. 19 July 1855 ; 
he d. 13 March 1858 ; res. New Haven ; \ 7 ch. — (1) George 1 b. 2 
Aug. 1801, d. 8 Nov. 1820, (2) Sherman 1 /;. 10 Nov. 1802, m. in 
Catskill, by Rev. Mr. Philips, 21 Aug. 1839 Delia dau. of John 
Adams, d. 4 March 1S59, res. Albany, N. Y., (3) William 1 6. 7 
Nov. 1804, in. I Oct. 1840 Amanda dau. of Silas P. Tarbell of 
Boston, d. 9 Nov. 1851, (4) Jenette 1 b. 10 May 1807, d. 22 Sept. 
1S18, (5) Caleb 1 b. 2 Dec. 1810, d. 12 Feb. 1811, (6) Frederick 1 *. 
15 Feb. 1812, in. 12 Nov. 1853 Mary P. dau. of Capt. Benj. 
Beecher %, b. 1813, wid. of C. H. Colton (and sister of Sarah P. 
who m. 28 Sept. 1842 Rev. Dr. Isaac H. Tuttle of N. Y. C), d. 11 
July 1863, (7) Jane 1 *. 2 Nov. 1814, d. 23 Feb. 1821. IS" See 

In March 1754 Abigail's father presented her with one-third of 
the \ acre at the southwest corner of York and Chapel Sts. In 
1757 she received $66 from Samuel Osborn for 22 acres of 7th 
Division land bounded west upon the " Country Road Leading to 
Waterbury " and east and north upon highway. 

&g** The Rev. Harry Croswell D. D. is remembered as both 
journalist and clergyman. In 1802 he became known as the editor 

* At the time of the British Invasion, Susan was six months old ; she was in her father's arms, 
out on the street, when a British officer came along and impressed him ; her mother, beholding 
what was done, exclaimed — " Give me my child !" The officer seized the child and tossed her into 
her mother's arms, exclaiming— " Take your brat !" 

t In State St., Olive St., Orange St. (when the sons were in college ; the house looked out on a 
vacant lot where now is Court St.), College St. (next S. of Coll. St. Ch.), and Crown St. (N. side, 
between Temple and College, where C. B. Bowers now lives). 

X B. B. ran a packet between New Haven and New York ; later, 1821, he navigated the 
" United States," the first steamboat owned by New-Haveners, running it as far as Byram's 
River, the N. Y. boundary, whence passengers were carried 35 miles by stage to N. Y. C. The 
" Fulton " had been running to New Haven for six years ; her owners (Fulton and Livingston) 
claimed a monopoly in N. Y. waters ; and there was contention for three years, when a decision 
of the U. S. Sup. Court sustained the right of New Haven. 

Clan Benjamin*: Abigail". 785 

of The Balance, a journal founded by him at Hudson, N. Y. He 
was a Federalist, and " wrote in the then prevailing spirit of bit- 
terness," says the American Cyclopedia, " and became involved in 
many libel suits and prosecutions, celebrated at the time." The 
trenchant wit and pungent sarcasm of his editorials, and especially 
an article published in The Wasp, a journal under his direction, 
brought him into collision with "the powers that be." Alexander 
Hamilton, says the Journal and Courier, " made in his behalf a 
speech, memorable as the greatest forensic effort of the greatest 
mind of his age, and which led to that constitutional immunity of 
freedom, that the truth, properly uttered, cannot be a libel." Mr. 
Croswell afterwards published a Federal paper in Albany, whither 
he removed in 1809. 

He was of Congregational ancestry, but at Albany conformed 
to the Episcopal church, and was baptized at St. Peters July 19, 
181 2. His wife and children were baptized June 13, 1813. He 
became a candidate for Holy Orders, spent a few months in 
charge of Christ Church, Hudson, was called to the rectorship of 
Trinity Church, New Haven, and entered upon his duties in that 
parish Jan. 1, 1815. " In the latter part of his life," says Am. Cyc., 
" he became almost as remarkable for the dignity and gravity of 
his deportment as he had been in his earlier career for its impetu- 
osity." Since he turned his attention to the ministry " he has 
never attended a public meeting except for religious purposes, or 
given a vote in any political election." 

Dr. Croswell and Elihu Munson divided between them the dis- 
tinction of being among New-Haveners the greatest in stature. 
The Doctor wore high top boots, with breeches. Mrs. Wheeler 
and Mrs. Glenney add that he always carried a green umbrella, 
which looked rather curious. " He rose uniformly at four 
o'clock, and completed his allotted task of study before nine." 
During his first year in New Haven, he conducted services in the 
original sanctuary of the Episcopalians, "a modest wooden build- 
ing of moderate dimensions," situated on the east side of Church 
street, about eight rods south of Chapel. (This street received its 
name from this structure.) In Feb. 1816 worship was transferred 
to the stone edifice on The Green, then " the largest Gothic struc- 
ture in New England, if not in the country." 

"He was," says Henry Howe, "one of the living pictures that 
in the olden time beautified our streets as he passed along, a 
patriarchal personage of majestic presence, with a mild, beuign- 
ant face, flowing grey locks, attired in clerical costume, and 

786 The Munson Record. 

always in the ancient fashion of high top boots. It was a grand 
picture to see Parson Croswell on a bright Sunday morning pass 
down the full length of the aisle facing the congregation on his 
way from the chancel to the robing room at the front of the 
church, in his flowing garments of white, with folded hands and 
slow and measured tread, while the organ pealed forth its solemn 
tones through the vaulted arches." 

" He was in truth a complete pastor, a faithful shepherd over 
his flock, visiting them at all seasons, an ever present comforter 
and adviser.* " At his funeral " were the high and the low, the 
rich and the poor, the white and the black, all silently witnessing 
to the universal grief." " From his lips," observes the Register, 
"the beautiful service of the Church came as from one inspired, 
imparting a double influence from his majestic and venerable 
appearance, and his peculiarly impressive manner." "As a 
preacher," says one to whom he ministered, " Dr. Croswell was 
eminently practical and impressive. His style was easy, vigor- 
ous, never elaborate, always pure and finished, occasionally' 

" The virtues of Susan Sherman commended her to his love for 
more than half a century." Their sons Sherman 7 and William 7 
were graduates of Yale in 1822. When they were examined for 
admission, Sherman, the elder but smaller, was first questioned 
and found to be of competent age ; William, who was under the 
required age, was passed without question. And his name to this 
dav stands first on college triennials. Sherman 7 chose the profes- 
sion of law ; he entered the law school the winter following his 
academic graduation. He was the architect of St. Paul's Church 
in New Haven, the corner-stone of which was laid in 1829. He 
became an editor of the Albany Argus. 

William 7 became an editor of the Episcopal Watchman in 1827, was 
rector of Christ Church, Boston, 1 829-1 839, rector of St. Peter's 
Church. Auburn, 1840-1S44, and thenceforward rector of the 
Church of the Advent in Boston. He received the honorary degree 
of D.D. from Trinity College in 1846. We quote the Boston 
Transcript : "In person, Dr. Croswell was above the medium size, 
finelv built, and a very pattern of manly beauty. His mind was an 

* A member of his parish was " Old Grimes,*' an aged mulatto who got his living by doing 
chores for people and selling a small biography of himself. He often called upon the Doctor in 
his study, says Mr. Howe, when the latter would help his necessities by th.e gift of a trifling sum. 
An incident of one of these calls, the Doctor, who was fond of the humorous, used to relate with 
relish. Said Croswell kindly, " I'm afraid. Grimes, you are not industrious — that you do not love 
to work." Upon that. Grimes, who was gentle in his manner, stepped up to the great man, and 
tapping him on the shoulder, softly replied, " Doctor, you and 1 are just there alike ; you don't 
want to work and I don't want to work ; the truth is. Doctor, we both know too much to work." 

Clan Benjamin': Wm. 7 Croswell. 787 

admirable combination of genius and practical wisdom." The 
Churchman said : " Dr. Croswell, the gifted and the good, has passed 
away from us, closing up his useful and beautiful life on the very 
field of his heavenly warfare. His breadth, and compass, and 
variety of intellectual endowment, his clearness of style and 
subtility of method, rendered him an admirable study." Bishop 
Horatio Potter wrote : "He departed at the going down of the sun 
on God's holy day, — was called even in the holy place, and in the 
midst of his sacred ministrations. Who ever met him without 
wishing to meet him again, — this gentlest and kindest of friends, 
this lovely Christian gentleman, this zealous minister of God's 
Church — whose spirit, calm and cheerful, but elevated and glow- 
ing, kept the fire ever alive on the altar, and diffused warmth and 
brightness wherever it appeared?" A volume of his poems, edited 
by Bishop A. C. Coxe, is on sale in the bookstores. A memoir by 
his father comprises more than five hundred pages ; its frontispiece 
is a portrait of William. One of his poems appears in our hymn- 
books : 

" Lord, lead the way the Saviour went, 
By lane and cell obscure." 

We quote the poem entitled " To My Mother " : 

" My mother ! many a burning word 

Would not suffice the love to tell 
With which my inmost soul is stirred, 

As thoughts of thee my bosom swell : 
But better I should ill express 

The passion thus, than leave untold 
The glow of filial tenderness 

Which never in my heart grows cold. 

" Oft, as I muse o'er all the wrong, 

The silent grief, the secret pain, 
My froward youth has caused, I long 

To live my childhood o'er again ; 
And yet they were not all in vain, 

The lessons which thy love then taught ; 
Nor always has it dormant lain, 

The fire from thy example caught. 

" And now, as feelings all divine 

With deepest power my spirit touch, 
I feel as if some prayer of thine, 

My mother ! were availing much. 
And thus availing, more and more, 

O, be it thine, in bliss, to see 
The hopes with which thy heart runs o'er, 

In fondest hour, fulfilled in me ! " 

788 The Munson Record. 

Frederick' had a notion-store* (stationer}-, cutler}-, &c.) on the 
south side of Chapel St. near State. He is believed to have studied 
law. He became Judge of Probate (i 850-1 854). Prof. Simeon 
Baldwin, in an address before the Historial Society, spoke of him 
as " one of those centres about whom men like to gather : " and a 
resolution of the Historical Society presented by Thomas R. Trow- 
bridge celebrates "the purity of his private and the unsullied 
probitv of his public character, and his wide sympathy with the 
unfortunate and the unhappy." Judge Croswell prepared a historv 
of Trinity Church which is published in the collections of the 
Historical Society, vol. I. 


./Eneas' (Eneas', Benjamin 4 ) b. n Sept. 1763; m. (by Dr. Dana) 
6 Mav 1794 Mary dau. of Levi Shepherd (a chemist and apothe- 
cary) of Northampton, b. 28 April 1772 ; she d. ("old age") 6 Feb. 
1848 ; he d. 9 P. M. 22 Aug. 1852. Physician, merchant, banker ; 
Whig.; Cong.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

831. i. Alfred Shepherd' b. 23 Sept. 1795; bp. 14 Oct. 1798, private (Rec. 

First Ch.). 
ii. Frederick" b. 15 Feb. 1797 ; bp. 14 Oct. 1798, private (Rec. First 

Ch.) ; d. 3 Feb. 1S03 at Northampton, 
iii. Charles" b. 22 March 1799 ; bp. 23 June 1799 at First Ch.; unmarried ; 

d. 5 May 1890, it. 91 ; merchant, speculator ; res. New Haven. 

{2^ See below. 
iv. Eneas' £. 12 Nov. 1800; bp. 24 May 1S01, private (Rec. First Ch.); 

d. 20 Oct. 1S05, a. 5. 

832. v. Mary Ann Pomeroy' b. 2S March 1803 ; bp. 17 July 1S03 at First Ch. 
vi. John 7 b. 3 Feb. 180S ; bp. 1808, ii.j d. 26 Sept. 1810, by a scald. 

vii. William' b. 27 Dec. 1811 ; d. 27 Aug. 1S12. 

From Johnston's Yale in the Revolution. 

"Very soon after graduation, or Sept. 1, 1780, Munson was 
commissioned surgeon's mate in Col. Swift's Seventh Conn. 
Continental Line. During 
winter of 1780-81 his regiment 
hutted with the Conn, 
the Hudson, opposite West Point. In June following he was 
detached to assist Surgeon Thatcher, of the Mass. Line, in Col. 
Scammell's Light Infantry corps, which, after engaging in one or 
two sharp skirmishes in Westchester Co., marched in August with 
the army to Yorktown, Va. There it took a leading part in the 

* Croswell and Jewett. 

11 9 LH.UC 111 vui. jnuia Otl^lilU \_/*JllIl., 

During the /7\ / 

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Clan Benjamin*: Eneas'. 789 

siege,* — was placed with the other select troops under Lafayette, 
whose position was on the right of the besieging line. In after 
life Dr. Munson had many incidents to tell of the operations and 
surrender. Returned North, he rejoined his regiment, which in 
1781-82 was the Fourth Conn., under Col. Butler, with Dr. 
Timothy Hosmer as chief surgeon. Remaining in the Highlands, 
he served until the disbandment in June, 1783." 

From Bronson's Medical History and Biography. 

" At the close of the war, he returned to New Haven, and took 
charge of a hospital (supposed to be a private one) for the innocu- 
lation and treatment of small-pox — a disease quite rife at that day 
— often communicated by the returning soldiers. Capt. James 
Barney of Westville, born in 1777, informed me in 1870 that, in 
1791 or 1792, he with sixty others went into a pock-house on 
Grapevine Point, under the care of Dr. Munson, Jr., where all had 
the innoculated small-pox. None died. In after life the Doctor 
used to point out an old building near West Rock, on the way to 
Wintergreen Lake, where he once had small-pox patients. The 
farther end of Goffe St., it is said, used to be called Pock-house 
Lane. Dr. Munson appears to have joined the County Medical 
Society in 1785 ; he read a dissertation at the meeting in April, 
1786 ; and became a member of the Conn. Medical Society in Sept., 
1792. It is understood that his private practice was quite limited. 
Not liking the business, he did not seek it. 

" So soon as he had accumulated some property, by degrees he 
turned his attention to other and more lucrative pursuits. He 
loaned money and made profitable investments, buying and selling 
as opportunity presented. In October, 1799, he bought of David 
Austin, Jr., a store on the wharf which, in February following, he 
conveyed to Munson, Mulford & Co. The building is described 
as on or adjoining to Union Wharf, ' no 1 in the range of stores 
built by David Austin, Jr.' The company was engaged in the 
West India and coasting trade, and had another store on State 
street ; but in October, 1802, Munson quitclaimed to his partners 
his interest in the Wharf property, and at the same time probably 
quit the business. In May, 1806, he had connected himself with 
Ransom Shelton. The company (Munson and Shelton) sold dry- 
goods and groceries on the northeast corner of Elm and York 
streets. At a later date he was associated with Harvey Sanford in 
the same business. In 1808, 1809 and 1810 the name of the firm 
was Shelton & Sanford, Munson still being a partner. 

* Continued 19 days. 

790 The Munson Record. 

" Besides trade, he sometimes engaged in outside commercial 
enterprises or speculations, took ventures in whaling voyages, etc. 
Before chartered insurance companies were common, he occasion- 
ally insured against losses at sea. He gained a wide reputation 
for the sagacity, prudence and success with which he managed his 
own affairs, and in 1812 was elected president of the New Haven 
Bank. Till 1831, nineteen years, during a period of great financial 
difficulty, he managed this institution with uprightness, judgment 
and skill. In 1832 he was chosen president of the Mechanics' 
Bank, which office he held three years. Still later, in 1837, he 
accepted the presidency of the City Bank, and discharged the 
duties one year. 

" In June 1801, Dr. Munson purchased of Ezra Ford, for $1725, 
one-quarter of an acre of land, and the house recently standing on 
the northerly side of Elm street, a little west of College, where he 
resided. Two years later, he bought of Noah Barber, for $6,500, 
three acres of land, with a wood dwelling (nearly new), 'and all 
other buildings,' on the northeasterly corner of Elm and York 
streets, where [155 Elm St.*] he afterwards lived and died. 

" As a business man Dr. Munson achieved success by persistent 
industry and economy, by unfailing punctuality and scrupulous 
integrity. For financial ability, sound discretion and shrewd 
practical sense, no man in New Haven had a better reputation. 
An undertaking or adventure which he condemned was almost 
sure to turn out poorly. He had no confidence for instance in the 
old Farmington canal, refused to take stock in it, and was of 
course denounced for his want of ' public spirit.' He was one of 
the very few who can safely go outside their regular business, and 
embark in speculative enterprises. His risks were so divided or 
otherwise guarded that if one turned out unfortunately there was 
compensation in some other, and the damage was soon repaired. 
So great was the confidence of the public in his wisdom and skill 
that they indulged in exaggerated estimates of his riches. 

" He had a reasonable confidence in himself, so that when he 
had once formed an opinion deliberately he was not easily driven 
from it. Having made up his mind that railroads for travel were 
better fitted to break the necks of people than carry them safely, 
he never could be persuaded to ride on one. He held decided 
opinions, but was not considered obstinate, and had none of the 
family eccentricities. Though he loved anecdote and enjoyed a 

* Still standing i3?5 immediately west of the new Yale Gymnasium. 

Clan Benjamin*: Apneas'. 791 

good story, he lacked the sharp wit of the father. He was a well- 
dressed man, a gentleman in his manners, and an excellent card- 

" Though never an applicant for public favor, Dr. Munson in 
several instances accepted office. He was a councilman in 1804; 
an alderman in 1805, 1819 and 1828 ; justice of the peace in 1808, 
1818 and 1824, and perhaps at other times. In politics he was first 
a Federalist, next a Whig ; but was never a partisan or the slave 
of a party. In religion he was a Congregationalist, till about 1814, 
when he left the First Society for the same reason that influenced 
his father, and became a Churchman. He died of dysentery, aged 
eighty-nine, leaving property of the value of about $65,000." 

From this excellent sketch by Dr. Bronson, we pass to a variety 
of particulars. 

The manuscript Obituary Record of Y. C. says of ^Eneas' : " He 
was the youngest member of the class, and the last survivor 
thereof, and after the death of Rev. Dr. Nott, he was the oldest 
living graduate of the college. Soon afterf receiving his first 
degree, he entered the American army as assistant surgeon. He 
was at the battle of Harlem Heights and at the siege of Yorktown. 
After the War he superintended for a time a small-pox hospital in 
this vicinity." 

^Eneas" like his father published an account of the yellow fever 
which visited New Haven in 1794. His wife Mary Shepherd was 
a granddaughter of Col. Seth Pomeroy, and was descended from 
the celebrated Rev. Thomas ShepardJ of Cambridge (1605-1649). 
They appear to have lived several years in New Haven, where 
Mary was admitted to the communion of the First Church 29 July 
1798, where he is recorded as " having a house " Jan. 1804, and as 
losing a child Jan. 1805. They appear to have lived for a time in 
Northampton, where one of their children died in 1803, and whence 
-(■Eneas' brought a certificate recommending him to the First 
Church, by which he was received 30 Oct. 1808. He was dismissed 
in 1814. Mary became a communicant of Trinity Church in May 
1833, and ^Eneas" in March 1837. According to Charles', ^Eneas' 
wore a wig which was powdered and had a cigar-shaped queue. 

Between 1786 and 1840 vEneas 6 made S6 purchases of real-estate and received 
60 mortgages ; during the same period he made 53 sales and granted 54 releases ; 
these transactions were all personal. The half-acre given to him by his grand- 

• His old Bible has this : " Dec. 18, 1803 My Black Girl Cato Sawney was delivered of a Son." 
1 am told that the Doctor emancipated his servants. 

t " Immediately, at the age of seventeen," says Charles'. 
X He is said to have written 382 books and pamphlets. 

79 2 The Munson Record. 

father in 1765, he sold in 1803, when it was bounded south and east on his father. 
There may be interest in the record that in March 1791 he purchased fifteen acres 
at a place called " Half Mile " in East Haven. 

/Eneas 6 was admitted freeman at New Haven in Sept. 1788. He 
was chosen lister in 1798, '99 and 1800. He was chosen in Dec. 
1804 member of a committee "to enquire into the situation of 
Draggon Bridge and the propriety of applying to the General 
Assembly for a toll for its support." A meeting 10 Dec. 1792 
" Voted y l Docter Levi Ives and Eneas 6 Munson ]'. have Liberty 
. to set up an inoculating Hospital for y e Small pox." Doctor 
Eneas 6 was appointed one of seven to select a place for the same, 
and the time when such inoculation shall begin. The town 
account-book 1788-1806 has: "1795 To Eneas Munson Jun r for 
attendance in Yell" fever ^9 .. 13 .. 6." 

His chief place of business was at the N. E. corner of Elm and 
York streets ; the premises were afterwards occupied by Charles'. 
He used to buy hogsheads of molasses and hold them for a rise in 
price. He joined his brother Elijah 6 in purchasing opium for the 
same purpose. "The brig Huron, owned by Hervey Mulford, 
/Eneas Munson, jr., Joel Root, Abraham Bradley, third, and Ben- 
jamin Thompson, sailed 2 Sept. 1802 for the Pacific Ocean to 
procure a cargo of hair seal skins," says Sketches of Southtngton. I 
have been told the following : /Eneas personally insured a cargo 
of nankeens which was dispatched for the West Indies. Presently 
the men who navigated the vessel returned and reported that she 
had been wrecked off the south shore of Long Island. The under- 
writer, suspecting foul play, remarked : " I have this bill to pay ; 
call at such a time and get your money. But I give you warning 
that you will be glad to pay it back." Not long after, these sailors 
were drinking when some trouble arose, probably in regard to a 
division of the spoils. One of them, while mad, betrayed his 
fellows, disclosing that they had removed the nankeens from the 
tierces, substituting sawdust, had scuttled the vessel, and had 
escaped to the shore in the long boat. Two of the men lived in 
this street, said my informant. 

Mr. Charles' Munson relates the following incidents : " A 
detachment of 1500 men received a sudden order to ' scour out 
Morrisania'; the detachment included Capt. Henry Daggett of 
New Haven ; my father was the only surgeon. The latter repre- 
sented his own service as lively and perilous, — that he was kept 
busy in dressing wounds and extracting bullets in the open field 
under exposure to the enemy's fire till Capt. Daggett, discovering 
him, rode up in great excitement, and shouted — 'Dr. Monson, 

Clan Benjamin': Aineas*. 793 

who put you there ? You are the only surgeon on the field, and 
we may all be in your hands yet. Move instantly to a position 
behind vonder large rock.' ' I was quite willing,' said my father, 
'for the change and took the position quick time. The wonder 
was that the bullets did not take me quicker than I could take 
the shelter.' He added — 'I extracted sixty bullets during that 

" While before Yorktown, a part of the time my father was in 
the same redoubt (professionally, I suppose) with some of the 
celebrities of his day ; I remember the names of Generals Hamil- 
ton and Knox. He recalled to me an anecdote connected with the 
frequent outcry of ' Shell, shell ! ' when every man jumped for the 
nearest covert. It was forbidden to cry, ' Shot ! ' — a needless and 
evil alarm, as that missile would strike too quick for escape. But 
shells fired upward into the air, so as to sweep over and fall to 
explode within earthworks or elsewhere, might be avoided by 
jumping in time : so it was allowable to cry, ' Shell ! ' Hamilton, 
I believe, was a square, well-built man, not tall at all, — a man of 
small stature by the side of Knox, who was quite large. On one 
of these alarm-cries, General Hamilton — to make the best of the 
first opportunity — jumped behind General Knox, and held on, — 
letting General Knox have what would probably be the best view 
of the shell when it burst. Knox, however, not well appreciating 
the civility, roared out — ' Don't make a breastwork of me!' and suit- 
ing the act to the word, shook him off roughly, and Hamilton 
rolled down the parapet. The shell came and burst, but did no 
harm, and broad laughter came speedily to the relief of that 

" The fighting at Yorktown, I think, was not wholly between 
forces partly protected by forts or similar defences : my father has 
given me some lively descriptions of charges in the open field. 
On one occasion, a large body of French cavalry were ready for 
the charge. They had been forbidden to fire, and were waiting 
impatiently for the word — Charge ! At length the French general 
gives the command, and gives it with a will. In my father's 
imitation, the word was 'sharze.' His representation of the scene 
was exciting. Every movement of man and horse, every yell of 
command, every flashing sabre, — every thing was something t" 
him, for all of it he felt, and part of it he was. The French general 
calling out to his troops, — distinguishing them by their military 
title, in French, — loud and long drawn out, articulate and 
emphatic, and rising to a marvellous peroration upon the word 
charge, repeating it over and over, till it had risen into a perfect 

794 The Munson Record. 

scream (such a scream!) — ' Sharze, sharze ! sharze!!' — its last 
utterance yet louder and longer till it seemed to lose and to over- 
take again, its own echoes, while riders and horses equally 
electrified, flew to the conflict as on wings of the wind — the whirl- 
wind. The very recital almost made me fly, too ! I deem it 
memorable to have felt the thrill of such a scene, as given by such 
a witness, who saw and felt it all." 

Lossing's Ficld-Book states that Scammel's regiment at Yorktown 
was attached to Gen. Hamilton's brigade ; that the Colonel while 
reconnoitering, at twilight, was shot by a Hessian cavalry officer, 
to whom he had surrendered, that he was carried to Williamsburg 
mortally wounded, and that Dr. Munson was the first surgeon in 
attendance upon him. Col. S. died Oct. 6. There is a portrait of 
Dr. ^Eneas' in the Field-Book, I. 430. There is an oil portrait of 
him in the parlor of his grandson Charles C. B Dr. Monson was a 
member of the Cincinnati. 

His estate inventoried $60,654. It included "the homestead" 
bounded on Elm, York, and Wall streets, and Dr. A. S. Munson, 
$14,000. Alfred S. T was named executor. Mrs. Grace Munson 
Wheeler attended the funeral of Elihu" Munson at his house on 
the west side of York St., south of Chapel, and the same afternoon 
attended the funeral of his brother ^Eneas" at his house in Elm 
St.; Rev. Dr. Croswell conducted both services. 

U^Sf" Charles' occupied (e. g., 1867) the old residence of his 
father, 155 Elm street, now adjoining the new Yale Gymnasium, 
westward. As early as 1835 he paid J7p * fh^, 
his father $2,000 for a lot, with two -^S^ua*^* 
buildings, at the corner of York and Elm (30^ x 945), bounded E. 
and N. "by my homestead," says the deed. There, presumably, 
Munson & Thomas (Aner C.) were carrying on business in Jan. 
and April 1835 ! Ior tne purpose of "general traffic in merchandise 
at the store " on that corner, Harris Smith, Charles Monson and 
James Smith formed a co-partnership in 1837, — Charles, as "special 
partner," putting in $3000. " I had a book-store ", he said to me, 
"where the Insurance Building is [opposite The Green, south- 
ward] ; and I sold lottery tickets. But I got heartily sick of it, 
and gave up in disgust : I saw that in almost every case where a 
prize was drawn, it had a damaging effect, — it had a damaging 
effect on almost everybody." 

Charles invested in a foundry and machine shop. Deacon 
Smith, city-missionary, in partnership with Kilbourn owned the 
business ; they sent sugar-mills to the West Indies, etc. Charles 
" loaned to them as special partner " ; and the deacon persuaded 

Clan Benjamin*: Charles'. 795 

him to buy out Kilbourn. Benj. S.' says Charles put $50,000 
against Smith's knowledge of the business, and lost all. Charles 7 
himself said to me — "I'd better have sold out to Kilbourn, and 
taken his note, and burned it up." 

At the corner of Goffe and Orchard streets was " Ditch Corner" 
— a region of ditches, for fences and drainage. " I had a good 
many acres in Beaver Ponds," said C, "and took measures to have 
the whole tract drained, but was prevented by the unfavorable 
attitude of some of the other owners." The ponds were of a peat 
formation : to utilize the article, Charles had a manufactory in 
Madison for the production of a fertilizer by compounding men- 
haden or white fish with pulverized peat. He sold thousands of 
sacks of it. His trade-mark was the image of a fish, with this annex : 

" Life from the very dead ; 
Joy to the sandy soil ; 
Plant-food for the famished ; 
Pay to the hand of toil." 

He did much business, alone and with others, especially his 
brother Alfred S.', in real-estate, and loaning on mortgage. The 
New Haven records show as many as 14 purchases, 34 sales, 19 
mortgages taken, and 13 releases. He made a journey of 1700 
miles on horseback, to Peoria and Nauvoo ; 900 miles he carried a 
gun, shooting game, especially prairie chickens. Records speak 
of " Munson and Sanford's Addition to the city of Peoria." A 
tract at Nauvoo which cost him §1500 was appraised at $25,000 ; 
his title was before the courts six years, and he paid lawyers for 
defending it $2500. 

He made extensive investments in patents and in mines. He 
bought patents which he never made use of ; again he paid $10,000 
for a patent, and lost more than that in using it. He put his 
money into the copper mines of Cheshire and Bristol, into a mine 
of mica and magnetic iron in North Carolina, and into more than 
one hole in New Hampshire. " He would keep buying, and buy- 
ing, and buying," says his cousin, "and it never amounted to 
anything. His property in the block where he lived was con- 
sidered worth $150,000." When he was past ninety years of age, 
he was completing the invention of a very ingenious and most 
complicated structure, an air-compressor, for economizing power; 
some features of it he had already patented. As it was necessary 
not only that Caesar's wife should be virtuous, but that people 
should believe her to be such, so he said it was necessary not only 
that his invention be valuable, but that proper persons should 
believe it to be such. 

796 The Munson Record. 

Mr. Monson was tall, erect, courtly in manner, wore a tall silk hat 
and an antique cloak, was intellectual and cultivated, and in both 
conversation and correspondence was racy, rich and elegant. He 
was an admirable and picturesque personage, a genuine nobleman. 
The author used every endeavor to persuade him to give the 
address of welcome at the Reunion, but in vain. He afterwards 
acknowledged his regret, to his generous friend F. E. Hotchkiss. 
Charles was admitted freeman at New Haven, March 30, 1820. 

He was anxious to know from his physician, one time, whether 
he was or was not unsound in a certain organ : "There is no use," 
he said to me, "in being bad off or well off unless one can know 
about it." In a letter, he wrote: "If people can't say anything 
else against a thing, they can say (snarling) ' Nya' !" 

He wrote to me in April 1888 : " And you are married. Done 
well, I have no doubt. I came mighty near doing so myself once : 
yes, very likely more than once : and any of the times, I have no 
doubt, would have been very, very well for both sides — I guess. It 
did not seem to be my fault that I did not marry,* but it may have 
been. I suppose that it was in the order of events that I should 
not be. — And so, too, (perhaps,) as to money. O, how many times 
have I escaped the dangers of being very, very rich ! But so far I 
have escaped the fact of it, at least. Am in some little danger, 
however, yet." 

Uncle Charles published many brief articles in both prose and 
verse. His patriotic pen during the Rebellion of 1861-65 wrote 
just words which scorched. I present one remarkable poem, 
entitled The Tramp, which was given to the press in 1878 : — 

" Then welcome vagabond ! My soul and thine 

Ma} r be as precious to the heart divine 

As many a worshipper at Mammon's shrine. 
Hail my new friends ! — -which way soever wending. 
Wishing life better now, and well, at ending ; 
See upward, friends! — the blue above us bending, 
Tells of a listener to the prayer ascending — 
Is it not God, who in his sunshine smiles, 
And in our evening light, with darkness blending, 
And nearer still, in Him who reconciles ; 
Who, to the poor, his priceless gospel sends, 
And gives to earth's bereft ones, angel-friends. 
Hear it, ye trusting outcasts, where so e'er ye roam, 
The universe is God's and ye may have a home. 

That home of the soul, where the heart never grieves, 

The gift of all gifts, which the world never gives, 

God giveth to him who but loves and believes. 

' It is miserable business to be a bachelor ! " was his remark 24 Feb. 18S7. 

Clan Benjamin': Elijah'. 797 

The dear homes we make here are passing away, 
They come with man's toil, and are gone with his day. 

O God of the home of the blest, let us sing, 

Of our souls all forgiven, our death without sting, 

Of thy wisdom and power, of thy sheltering wing — 

Creation proclaims thee, from tiniest thing, 
To the wonders of space, the march of the spheres, 
Where suns beyond suns light the cycles of years. 

In sight of this grandeur of worlds marching on, 

Sin-stricken we ask, can they save, even one, 

From homeless unrest, who is lost and undone? 
Or wait we for tidings from worlds yet unseen, 
Till the veil of mortality drops from between? 

Lo, faith now hath vision, all worlds are its own, 

It sees even God, in the gift of his Son, 

And heirship with him, in his victory won ! 
As light through the cloud, when we see through the rift, 
That home of the soul doth our vision uplift. 

O light increate ! whence the infinite gift 

Of life without end, the immortal abode — 

All revealed, and yet hidden, with Christ in God — 
That home of the soul, which the world never gives, 
God giveth to him who but loves and believes." 

The last stage of Charles Monson's earthly career is said to have 
been beautiful and affecting : divining that the end was near, he 
grasped the hands of his nephew Charles C. and his wife who 
stood on opposite sides of his dying bed, and poured out his soul 
in fervent prayer for them and other kindred whom he was leav- 
ing, and for himself, that he might lack nothing of preparation 
for the sainted presence of many loved ones who had gone before 
him into the unseen world. 


Elijah" (Eneas, s Benjamin') b. 8 March 1765 ; m. Martha Curtiss 
of Southbury ; 2 ch.; she d. 28 May 1827, a. 53 ; in. (2nd) 21 Oct. 
1827 Grace dau. of Elijah Thompson of Westville ; he d. 10 Oct. 
1838. Physician, druggist; Dem.; res. S. E. cor. of Church and 
Crown Sts., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Eliza 1 b. abt. April 1798 ; d. of dysentery 18 Oct. 1803, a. 5 y. 6 mo. 
833. ii. Nathan C. 1 b 22 March 1800 in N. H. 

Elijah" was singular, eccentric, says Charles 7 , but a man of con- 
siderable acumen. His practice, according to Mrs. Wheeler, was 
rather limited. He was prominent (,„ j . 

as an apothecary. He kept a good ~*jrA^' C-^6? *■?-*/ /f-^v 
many medicines prepared by him- 

798 The Munson Record. 

self, says Benjamin S. T ; when I was a child, he adds, I used to paste 
labels on boxes of Elijah Monson's Eye-Salve, which went all over 
the United States, and there was a Noel's Plaster prepared and 
sold by him. The town, March 12, 1827, paid him $15 for an 
" electric mashain " ; and paid him §12 for an " electric machain " 
in 1821. In connection with his brother ./Eneas', he speculated in 

Charles 1 states that his uncle had remarkable success in typhoid 
fever ; that, contrary to the uniform practice, he stimulated instead 
of depleting. Some one said to a high-toned doctor of New York 
City — " Dr. Elijah Monson cures typhoid patients by stimulating." 
" It is bad practice," was the retort. " He says that strength is 
reduced, and that he must stimulate, — and he cures the patients." 
" It's d — n bad practice, anyway." 

Aug. 29, 1794, Voted y* Doct! Levi Ives, Doctor Elijah Munson 
and M 1 William Powell be health officers for the Port. [Office 
then originated : in '94, 191 deaths, of which 63 from yellow fever, 
50 from scarlet fever.] The town was indebted to Elijah 7 Dec. 
1795 — "To Vissiting Vesseles as Health officer." Vote of June 5, 
1798: "Docf- Elijah Munson is appointed Health officer for the 
year ensuing." Aug. 3, 1801, "John Barker, Elijah Munson and 
John Skinner were Chosen Helth Committee." 

An old account-book of the town, 1 790-1 796, credits Elijah" in 
April 1803 — " By his ad for attendance &c. Hospital," and in Oct. 
1803 — "Bv acc ! for Hospital, small pox." This book under dates 
1 795, '96, '97, records eleven orders in favor of Doctor Elijah, one 
for ^35.-i5-7, another for_^33..i7..7, and another for £\$..\o..o. 

He was chosen a tythingman in Dec. 1797, again in 1801 with 
Naphtali Daggett, and again in 1808. He was elected lister in 
1798, '99, 1800. He was chosen selectman 10 Jan. 1803. 

His first decisive action towards securing the dwelling-house 
and homelot fronting W. on Church St., formerly owned and 
occupied by David Austin, jr., and bounded N. on Crown St., was 
dated 24 Feb. 1800 ; cost of the property, ^800. Land and a 
dwelling next south be bought and sold in 1829. He received half 
a dozen mortgages. His second wife, Grace Thompson, seems to 
have had considerable property from her father, including land 
near the West Bridge bounded N. on Litchfield Turnpike road, 
with tan-house, bark-mill, tan-vats, and water-privileges ; this pro- 
perty was in " Westfield " ; it was leased to B. Bradley in 1825 for 
ten years, and then another ten. 

His estate included the house, store, and land in Church St., 
$8000, one-half the dwelling-house, barn and other small buildings 

Clan Benjamin 1 : Elijah'. 799 

and about six acres of land adjoining (Crown St.), occupied by 
Nathan Munson and owned as tenants in common with Nathan 
Curtiss, $1000, gold watch and chain, $110, one-half of a dwelling- 
house, land, and appurtenances, in Southbury, "now occupied by 
said Nathan" (Oct. 1838). 

Dr. Elijah thought he ought to worship with the aid of his Bible, 
and in the fields. He was three or four days in dying ; his brother 
Henry who was with him inquired — "Brother, have you faith, 
still ?" " Brother, I have Abraham's faith." His epitaph is : 

" Guided by God's most holy laws, 
His faith was strong as Abram's was ; 
To God he gave his parting breath, 
His faith and hope was strong in death." 

From Bronson's Med. Hist, and Biog. (Extracts.) 
" Elijah Munson probably began practice before 1790. He was 
admitted to the Connecticut Medical Society Jan. 1793. He soon 
obtained a respectable practice. Sept. 23, 1794 he was elected 
clerk and librarian for the year ensuing, holding the office two 
years. For seven years, first in 1794, Dr. Munson was one of the 
examining committee (twice chairman) of the Conn. Med. Soc. for 
his own county, and at different times was a member of other 
important committees. He was one of the original eight or nine 
who founded the New Haven Medical Association. In 1814 or 
1815, he became somewhat distinguished for his success in dysen- 
tery, and on one occasion President Dwight publicly recommended 
him to his classes for his successful treatment of the anginose 
forms of scarlet fever. In 1820 he was at his own request released 
from the burdens of the Conn. Med. Soc. His health was not 
good, and thenceforth he devoted his time chiefly to the drug 
business. His shop stood next south of his house, which is yet 

" In his mental constitution Dr. Munson departed widely from 
the common standard, his thoughts flowing stubbornly in a chan- 
nel of his own. Though his mind was not refined by literature or 
enlarged by science, it was naturally vigorous. He detested chem- 
istry. According to his own story, his father set him to watching 
the fire in some chemical experiment, telling him how to proceed. 
He forgot his instructions, in consequence of which the apparatus 
blew up, and he was flogged. Ever after, the sound of the word 
chemistry cost him a sigh and a shudder. He was an eccentric 
man, uncouth, erratic, crochety and perverse ; but there was no 
lack of better qualities. He was kind, charitable to the poor, 

800 The Munson Record. 

honest, conscientious and terribly in earnest. In trifling he never 
indulged, and was too serious to enjoy a joke. The Bible was his 
favorite book, and he astonished those with whom he conversed 
by his familiarity with it. Though very religious, he did not 
attend church, having a creed of his own. On one occasion, how- 
ever, he was persuaded by the new wife he had married to go to 
Trinitv. Of course the congregation stared, but nothing serious 
happened till the minister [Dr. Croswell] announced the text : 
'Behold! Elijah is here.' The doctor was greatly affronted, and 
never forgave the indignity. 

" In person Dr. Munson was heavily built, sluggish in his move- 
ments (lingual excepted), and inclined to corpulency. In com- 
pany, he talked incessantly. The new theology called Tavlorism 
he detested. He loved to descant on ecclesiastical abuses, the 
wiles of the clergy, and the inconsistencies of professors. Some- 
times he would pull out a sermon he had written from his pocket, 
and beg his unwilling friend to listen to it. He was inclined to 
be censorious, finding fault with physicians and their practice. 
He always rode a hobby, and did not leave one till he had found 
another. At one time it was a point in theology, at another, a 
new watch or gun, a razor of superior manufacture, an improved 
rake or hoe. Though intelligent, he was superstitious, saw 
spectres, and conversed with angels in the night. He thought 
much, spoke as he thought, and was annoyed by criticism. Those 
who could divest themselves of prejudice, looking beneath the 
rugged surface, acknowledged the vigor of his mind, and excel- 
lent moral qualities. 

" He was often, in 1802 and afterward, a Democratic candidate 
for Assistant,* and Member of Congress. When the anti-masonic 
furor broke out in 1828, his moral sense was touched. He took 
the fever in a virulent form, and became an enthusiastic and 
loquacious anti-mason. He died on the day he had predicted, 
Oct. 10, 1838." 


Wealthy A." (Eneas 5 , Benjamin') b. 3 March 1767 ; m. 10 Sept. 
1786 David Daggettf, a lawyer, b. 31 Dec. 1764, son of Thomas; 
she d. 9 July 1839! ; he d. 12 April 1851. Cong.; res. New 
Haven, Ct. 

* The Court of Assistants tried capital cases and heard appeals. 

t First cousin of Naphtali Daggett, Acting Prest. Y. C. 1766-1777. 

J The father of his 2nd wife Mary Lines iCapt. Major Lines) made 111 voyages, Mrs. Wheeler 

Clan Benjamin' ': Wealthy''. 801 

Children : 
i. Susan Edwards 1 *. 30 June 1788 ; m. 28 Aug. 1811 Sereno Edwards 
son of Pres. Timothy Dwight, b. 18 May 1786 ; she d. 18 Aug. 
1839; he d. 30 Nov. 1850; Cong.; res. Boston, Ms. S. E. D. 
grad. Y. C. 1803, chaplain U. S. S. 1816-17, pastor Park St. 
Church, Boston 1817-26, president Hamilton College 1833-35 ; 
author of several volumes ; a scholar and an able and eloquent 
preacher; she joined North Ch. Nov. 1808. 

ii. Leonard Augustus 1 b. 30 April 1790 ; m. Jennette Atwater who d. 19 
June 1825 ; he d. 26 April 1867 ; they united with 1st Ch. 29 Oct. 
1815 ; res. New Haven. Grad. Yale 1807 ; Dr. David L. s (of 60 
Wall St., New Haven, 1891) is their son. 

iii. David Lewis 1 b. 8 Feb. 1792 ; grad. Yale 1808 ; d. 2 Oct. 1810, — 
accidentally shot by a classmate while gunning. 

iv. Eneas Munson 1 bp. 26 April 1795, First Ch. 

v. Wealthy Ann 1 b. abt. 1796 ; m. 16 Sept. 1822 Joseph Jenkins of Bos- 
ton, an architect ; no ch.; d. i860, a. 64. She joined North Ch., 
New Haven Dec. 1815. 

vi. Oliver Ellsworth 1 b. 14 Jan. 1810 in New Haven ; m. 15 July 1840 
Elizabeth Watson of Hartford ; he d. 1 Sept. 1880 ; she d. 20 May 
1891 in New Haven ; 3 ch. — (1) Susan E. 8 b. 9 Dec. 1841 in Hart- 
ford, res. Temple St., New Haven, (2) Ellsworth 8 b. 24 May 1845 
in Canandaigua, m. June 1874 June K. Spencer of Salt Lake 
City, 2 ch. dec, mining engineer, res. Salt Lake City, Utah, (3) 
Mary 8 b. 19 July 1852 in Canandaigua, res. New Haven. Oliver 
E. 1 grad. Yale 1828 ; became member of North Ch. Nov. 1832 ; 
licensed to preach 1833 ; pastor of South Ch., Hartford (ord.) 12 
April 1837 to June 1843 ; pastor at Canandaigua 1844 to Oct. 
1867; degree of S. T. D. (Hamilt.) 1853 ; preacher to Yale Col- 
lege and professor in Divinity School 1867-1870 ; pastor 2nd 
Cong. Ch., New London, 1871 to Aug. 1877 ; overseer of Y. C. 
1872-18S0; after resigning at New London he preached almost 
constantly until the end. He was the author of several volumes. 
He was handsome, brilliant, genial. " I have never known him 
to be sick in bed for a day, and death came at last instan- 
taneously, from rupture of the heart. He had preached in the 
South Ch., Hartford, Sunday morning, had called on friends 
Monday and Tuesday evenings, and died soon after midnight 
Tuesday night." 

David and Wealthy 6 are said to have had nineteen or twenty 
children, several of them not born alive. Trinity Church records 
have under date of March 11, 1792 : "Baptised Susan Edwards', 
Leonard Augustus', David Lewis', children of David and Wclthy 
Dagget." Wealthy A.° was admitted to the communion of the 
First Church 26 April 1795, was admitted to the North Church in 
July 1807, and was re-admitted to the First Church 12 Jan. 1821. 
David was admitted to the communion of the North Church in 
August 1832. Wealthy received by Will her father's portrait and 
his silver tankard. 

802 The Munson Record. 

David Daggett's residence was in Elm street, opposite The 
Green, on the site of Thomas R. Trowbridge's mansion. His lot 
extended to Wall St. The 120 rods of land between his place and 
Temple street was sold by H. B. P. in 1801 for $2,000, — " the same 
land I purchased of John Pierpont, commonly called the Pierpont 

D. D. "enjoyed an extensive practice, not only in New Haven, 
but throughout the State." He was much in public office. He 
was chosen highway surveyor in Dec. 1790; was councilman 
1791-1802 ; was mayor 2 June 1828-1830. He was elected deputy 
to the Legislature fifteen times, Oct. 1791 — May 1797 and Oct. 
1804 — Oct. 1805 ; in 1794 he was Speaker of the House. Seven- 
teen years, 1797-1813, he was elected to the upper house of the 
Legislature. He was United States Senator 1813-1819. 

In 1S26 he was chosen a judge of the Superior Court, which 
office he held until 1832, when he was elected Chief Justice of the 
Supreme Court. (Retired Dec. 31, 1834.) He received the degree 
of LL.D. from Yale in 1827. He was Kent professor of law in 
that institution 1 826-1848. 

" His success as a lawyer was due to his innate knowledge of 
human nature, his sound judgment, and his strong common sense. 
He abounded in wit and humor, and had at command a fund of 
anecdotes to illustrate his positions and arguments. His manner 
of speaking was calm and deliberate. His knowledge of the law 
was thoroughly and eminently practical. His punctuality was 
extraordinary, and his integrity was thorough, stern and exact.* 
He was very familiar with the Bible, and frequently used its 
strong and popular languagef in his arguments, and even in his 
charges to the jury when he was a judge." Mr. Charles' Monson 
describes Judge Daggett as a man of distinguished appearance, 
though his features were homely. He had a Roman nose, 
powdered his hair, and wore white top boots, short breeches, 
and a blue coat with brass buttons. A sketch of his life and char- 
acter was published by the Rev. Dr. Dutton. 


George 6 (Eneas 6 , Benjamin*) b. 25 May 177 1 ; m. 23 Sept. 1804 
Mary Daggett of Providence ; they got on awkwardly, were 

* His "high character" is affirmed. We may observe that he made an address at the first 
anniversary of the Conn. State Temperance Soc. in 1830. 

t In my possession is his admirable eulogy pronounced before the General Assembly upon 
Governor Griswold in Oct. 1812: I note twenty-four direct quotations, of which eighteen are 
from Holy Scripture. 

Clan Benjamin'': Elihu*. 803 

divorced, and she returned to P.; he J. 17 Nov. 1840, bur. (Trin. 
Ch. rec.) Nov. 18, 1840 ; she d. 9 Aug. 1861 at Boston, Ms. Clerk, 
constable, sheriff ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Caroline' b. 17 Jan. 1806 in New Haven ; unm.; d. 18 July 1875 in 
B.; res. Providence, R. I.. Boston, Ms. " When I was a little 
girl," says Mrs. Ovialt, " Caroline came to visit her aunt Mrs. 
Daggett ; she and Wealthy A.' daughter of Elihu 6 went out call- 
ing a good deal." Inventory of her estate, $1210. 
ii. Harriet D. 7 b. 4 June iSo3 in N. H.; m. Francis Bullard of Boston ; 
she d. 1887 ; res. Boston, Ms.; 7 ch. — (1) James 9 , has paper busi- 
ness in Vt., (2) Frank', m. dau. of Hinckley (locomotive builder), 
sec. and treas. of the R. I. Locomotive Works, Providence, (3) 
George Edwin 8 , cashier banking house of Brown Bros. & Co., 
Boston, (4) Alfred Munson 8 , insurance, res. Boston, (5) Ann 8 , m. 
Ide, publisher (Ide and Dutton), paper mfr., (6) Mary M. 8 , m. 
Richards (dry-goods), Providence, (7) Charlotte 8 , unm.; res. Bos- 
834. iii. George Edwin' b. 23 Nov. 1811 in New Haven. 

George" was clerk in a store owned by ^Eneas", situated near 
where Elijah's drug-store afterwards was. He was made freeman 
at New Haven in Sept. 1803. I have noted that he was chosen 
constable in Dec. 1804, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1809, 1810, 181 1. He was 
sheriff of the city June 2, 1807-1809.* He is said to have put 
Elihu" in jail, having bought a debt for that use, and kept him 
there three days, out of spite. " George" was peculiar," says 
Charles'. " He was poor. I remember him as living in a rented 
house on Chapel St., about where Carll's opera-house is. He 
died in a house of mine, on the east side of High St., standing 
about where the photograph-gallery" was, where White Hall now 
is,f N. of Elm St. 


Elihu" (Eneas", Benjamin') b. 4 Dec. 1774; m. 17 Jan. 1798 
Silence dau. of Hanover Barney,J a. 19 ; 5 ch.; she d. 10 Nov. 
1805, <z. 26; m. (2nd) 27 April 1806 Elizabeth Sanford dau. Job 
and Sarah Perit, ce. 20 (Sarah was 2nd wife of Dr. Eneas') ; 12 ch.; 
she d. 8 Jan. 1858, a. 72 ; he d. 1 A. M. 23 Aug. 1852. Constable, 
sheriff, broker ; Cong.; res. New Haven, Ct. 

* He was one of the ji New-Haveners who in Oct. 1808 petitioned the Assembly for the estab- 
lishment of that company of cavalry which became the Governor's Horse Guard. 

t Charles sold the land to his brother, who sold it to V. C. 

% He was a sea-captain, says Charles, a schemer, a good adviser to get one out of a scrape, a 
sort of Ahithophel. 

804 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Wealthy Ann 7 b. 15 Dec. 1798 ; m. (by Dr. Croswell) 3 Nov. 1842 
John Smith, jr., of Oxford, O. (a wid'r with 3 ch.*) ; no ch.; d. 
18 March 1846 in Oxford. Received by grandfather Eneas' 5 s Will 
'/ 9 of two-thirds of ($2200) his old home ; and by the Will of her 
step-grandmother, a shawl and silk stockings. 

ii. Son b. iS Sept. 1S00 ; d. same day. 

iii. Son b. 26 Oct. 1801 ; d. a. 6 days. 

iv. Son b. 12 Dec. 1802 ; d. same day. 

v. David Daggett 1 b. 12 Nov. 1804; a cabin-boy; d. 14 July 1819 at 
Port au Prince. 

835. vi. Frederick Anthony 7 />. 27 Jan. 1S07 ; bp. 3 May 1807 at Trin. Ch. 
vii. Sarah Elizabeth 1 b. 12 July 1809 ; bp. 24 Sept. 1809, ib.; d. of yellow 

fever at Vera Cruz 27 Aug. 1827, a. 18. 
viii. Edward Pelatiah 1 b. 13 Jan. 1811 ; bp. 12 May 1S11, ib.; unm.; d. 8 
May 1833 in New Haven. Conveyed to A. P. Sanford Jan. 1832 
his '/s of two-thirds right in his grandfather's homestead, and 
Oct. 1832 "any reversion or expectance" in the estate of Eneas 
and Sarah Munson. 

836. ix. Jane Augusta 1 b. 8 March 1813 ; bp. 18 May 1814, ib. 

x. Harriet Adeline 1 b. 11 March 1815 ; m. (in Trin. Ch.) 30 June 1S33 
Thomas Strong of New Haven ; he d. March 1886 ; res. West- 
ville ; 6 ch. — including Chauncey Job 8 , d. 10 July 1838, <r. 2 mo., 
Harriet A. s , m. 1 May 1862 Samuel C. Goodsell, and Jane 8 , m. 
Edw. Baldwin. Received from her grandmother Sarah a gown, 
a suit of curtains, " and five dollars in cash to purchase mourning." 

xi. Julia Ann Perit 1 b. 23 Feb. 1817 ; bp. 18 May 1817 at Trin. Ch.; m. 
24 Sept. 1837 William A. Goodwin from London, Eng.; she d. 25 
Aug. 1840; res. New Haven ; 1 ch. — -son, d. a. 1 wk. 

837. xii. Man* Sanford 1 b. 21 June 1S19 ; bp. 17 Oct. 1819, ib. 

838. xiii. Benjamin Sanford 1 b. 3 Aug. 1821 ; bp. 16 Dec. 1821 (by Bp. 

Brownell), ib. 

839. xiv. Frances Caroline 1 b. 19 Sept. 1823 ; bp. 3 Sept. 1S24, ib. 

xv. Maria Huntington 1 b. n July 1826; bp. 10 Aug. 1826, ib.; d. 11 
Aug. 1826, it. 1 mo. 

xvi. Charles Perrit 1 b. 19 March 1828 ; m. 2 June 1850 Sarah J. Ford of 
New Haven ; brass and silver-plater, machinist ; res. Higganum, 
East Berlin, Ct. ; 4 ch. — 2 living — (1) Walter 8 , m. Elizabeth Cramer, 
clock-maker, machinist, res. East Berlin, (2) Florence 6 . C. P. 1 is 
musical — has been player in a band. 

840. xvii. Sarah Elizabeth 1 b. S Jan. 1831. 

Elihu " was a pretty smart man." His height was six and one- 
half feet, and his weight 210 pounds. " He and Lynde were large 

men — rather high livers," says 

Charles'. A portrait of him g^^j^^^ 

on ivory at the age of 27, and 

a daguerreotype at the age of about 70, are in the possession of 

Was wishing to ed. ch. in V. C. 

Clan Benjamin*: Eliliu". 805 

Benj. S.' He was in college, says Mrs. O., but cut up so many 
pranks that he did not complete the course. He "had some of 
the ready wit of his father ", writes Bronson. Both of the families 
into which he married are said to have been wealthy. He is 
reported to have had from 19 to 22 children ; at one Thanks- 
giving dinner, 14 were present. He became a member of the 
North Church in June 1831. 

He resided 1807-1811 on the west side of Temple street, next 
south of John H. Lyride who lived on the corner of Wall St., 
where Rev. Dr. Smyth now lives (formerly Rev. Dr. N. W. Tay- 
lor's) ; his grounds extended to College St. About 1829 he was 
living in York St., and in 1847 at No. 60 in that street. At his 
death in 1852, his residence is said to have been at " Martin's 
Park," presumably in York street. He was early a dealer in real- 
estate ; later he was a peripatetic broker — -furthering bargains for 
others. And the directory of 1847 makes his calling that of an 
auctioneer. He was also much employed in public service. 

He was chosen grand-juryman in Dec. 1797 and 1799 ; tything- 
man in 1808, '11, '15, '23, '32 ; constable twelve years, Dec. 1819 — 
Nov. 1832, excepting 1826, '27 ; city sheriff seven years, June 6, 
1820 — 1827, 1830; and he was the first of three " superintendents 
of the nightwatch of the city" appointed Sept. 4, 1821, and the 
first of four appointed Jan. 17, 1824. 

In Oct. 1808, twenty-one New Haveners petitioned the Assem- 
bly for the establishment of that company of cavalry which 
became the Governor's Horse Guard ; Elihu's name was at the 
head of the petition, and he was chosen the first commander, with 
the title of Major. He continued to hold the highest office until 
1814. The company numbered sixty men. Its uniform consisted 
of a blue suit elaborately trimmed with buff, and a hat from which 
waved a long white plume. " It was customary, the evening 
previous to the opening of the Legislature, for the company to 
march out of the city, intercept the Governor on his journey, and 
escort him with great pomp to his lodging." 

Elihu's first purchase of land in Temple street, 10 July 1801, 
comprised 45 rods bounded South on John Pierpont and heirs of 
John Mix ; he paid David Daggett $600 for it. There were 
"buildings" on the lot in 1805. He was residing there 12 March 
1807. In June 1807 he and John H. Lynde bought of Deodate 
Mix 42 rods lying between their gardens and College St.; and in 
Oct. 1808, he bought of the same D. M. 28 rods (with house and 
barn) situate between his garden and College St. This College 
St. lot and house he sold to Leverit Griswold for $800 in Oct. 

806 The Munson Record. 

1813. The Temple St. property was mortgaged to D. Daggett 
and N. Smith in 1805 for $1500 ; in 1807 for $2000 ; to I. Butler 
(4^ acres, between Temple and College) in Jan. 181 1 for $3655 ; 
(he had "failed" before Jan. 12, 1811 ;) mortgaged to his father 
for $500, released 12 April 181 1 ; sold his residence 12 April 181 1 
to I. Mills for $2200. In May 1809 he paid J. Brainerd $300 for 
100 rods on the N. E. corner of Church and Elm streets, and sold 
it the same day to Prentice. The wardens and vestry of Trinity 
Church leased to David Daggett, Elihu Monson and John Clark, 
for 50 years from May 1, 1810, " Gregson's lot," bounded N. by 
Chapel St. 76^ feet, and E. by Church St. In 1810 he made 15 
purchases of real-estate, including 4^ acres of N. Porter, and 18 
acres of H. Barney. In Jan. 1805, he and Jonathan Atwater, 
" Merch- in C° under the firm of Munson and Atwater," recovered 
judgment against S. & S.; levy on pew No. 30 in Trinity Church. 
In 1808 he made a small sale to A. Jarvis, "Bishop of Conn." ; 
and in 1S11 one of 4J acres in " Plainfield" to Titus Street of 
Cheshire. He sold 10 pieces, 79^ acres, to Col. David Humphreys 
of Humphreysville in 1810. 

The Will of Eneas 5 remitted to Elihu 6 all charges, notes and 
other obligations ; and restored "all the furniture that I have not 
disposed of which I had from him as security for what was due to 
me on his failure, except a clock, sideboard and wardrobe " ; a 
codicil conveys the furniture to Elihu's children. Eneas' gave § 
of "the residue" of his estate ("the residue" was the bulk of it) 
to the children of Elihu" ; and his second wife gave her " only 
child," the wife of Elihu, all her property ($2415), except some 
small legacies, — one of which was — " To an infant grandson now 
at Mr. Umberfield's in Woodbridge fifty dollars for his support." 
During several years, Charles' Monson was conservator of the 
estate of Elihu's widow, "an incompetent person." At her death 
it inventoried $1161. 

Dr. Croswell officiated one afternoon at Elihu"'s funeral, which 
was from his home in York St., and at a later hour officiated at 
the burial of ^Eneas.' 

North of Trinity Church, until about 1830, stood the brick 
State-House (which served also as court-house) ; one of the four 
or five collegians who helped destroy The Whipping Post one 
stormy midnight, not far from 1830, says that institution "stood 
by the side of the old Court-House " ; Mrs. Grace Wheeler Glenney, 
who used to play about there in her girlhood, remembers that it 
stood "nearly opposite the middle door of Trinity Church, but a 
little south." We quote Henry Howe: "Its last victim was 

Clan Benjamin': Henry'. 807 

whipped there in the Fall of 1831. About the last constable to 
officiate* was Elihu Munson, who is remembered as much of a 
wag. On a well-remembered occasion, he punished a poverty- 
stricken wretch for stealing a suit of clothes. Munson's heart 
was tender, and after laying on the assigned number of lashes 
very lightly, he went among the by-standers and got up a con- 
tribution, bought the stolen suit of the owner, and presented it to 
the culprit." 


Henry" (Eneas', Benjamin 4 ) b. 10 Feb. 1777 ; m. (by Dr. Dana) 8 
Jan. 1804 Hannah Tallmadge of Bethany; 1 ch.; she d. 27 July 
1806, a. 26 ; m. (2nd) 21 Sept. 1806 Jehila Johnson of Bethany b. 
16 Sept. 1784 ; 5 ch.; she d. 12 Aug. 1859; he d. 14 March 1856. 
Merchant ; Episc; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

841. i. Heno 1 Howell' b. 24 Oct. 1804. 

ii. Eneas 1 (often Eneas J., i.e., Johnson) b. 5 July 1807 ; unm.; d. 8 
Sept. 1889; shoemaker, gardener; res. Crescent street, New 
Haven. He received from his father's estate in i860 a lot on the 
South side of George street, 48 ft. front, and a lot on the West 
side of York street near Chapel street, 244 ft. front ; $1300. The 
whole of his mother's estate was bequeathed to him. In 1S64 he 
bought of C. W. B. 10 acres of sprout land in Greenfield, Orange, 
and re-conveyed it in 1883. 

Dr. Eneas 5 by Will gave his watch to this grandson " for his 
name sake "; it bore his initials. Having lost on shoes which he 
made and took to New York early in his career, Eneas 1 stopped 
work. He applied himself to drinking from which habit how- 
ever he recovered. During this intemperate period his watch 
disappeared. In 1S67 he was living at 26S George street. Heused 
to go out pruning trees, gardening, &c. Later he had an acre of 
ground which he cultivated, in Crescent St. He dwelt in the 
house on that place, while renting a part of it. He was tall, wild- 
eyed, singular, and led the life of a hermit. 

842. iii. Susanna Howell 1 b. 15 Feb. 1809. 

iv. Mary Maria 1 /'. 13 Aug. 1812 ; bp. ("dangerously sick") 22 Feb. 
1839 (Trin. Ch. rec.) ; unm.; d. 24 Feb. 1839. She bequeathed 
her property 17 July 1838 to her parents. 

843. v. William Elijah 1 b. 6 Nov. 1818. 

844. vi. James David 1 b. 10 Feb. 1822. f 

* The records of Salem Co., N. J., show that in 1727 the fee for whipping at the public whipping- 
post was " 6ve shillings." 
+ Or Jan. 10, 1821. 

8o8 The Munson Record. 

Dr. Eneas 5 for ^30 conveyed to Henry 6 \ acre, "being part of 
the Garden belonging to the House where I now dwell," bounded 
E. on York street and S. on ^-^1/7 / /? 

David Dorman ; on that Henry <^>^^^77'^/ ^fl**^ 'fitful 
built a house for himself. March y £ 

16, 1805 the Doctor leased Henry" 

for fifteen years a bit of ground between their dwellings, 15 by 21 
feet, " for the purpose of erecting a Store thereon " ; no cellar was 
to be digged. Henry had received from his father in Nov. 1798 
the gift of \ acre, "part of the homelot, where I now dwell," 
bounded easterly on the gardens of Dr. Eneas 5 , D. Dorman, and 
Benj. Sherman, W. on Dr. Eneas, N. on "the highway leading 
into the Yorkshire quarter," S. " on land belonging to the Cor- 
poration of Yale College" ; this he sold in Jan. 1824 to R. Booth, 
" Reserving one half the grafted trees in the Nussery, to be 
removed within One Year." He sold in 1806 and re-purchased in 
1809 three acres -of meadow in Yorkshire quarter, bounded W. on 
the river and S. " in the place where the River is nearest to the 

Henry 6 used to be called " Doctor," so that many supposed him 
to be a physician. He used to mix medicines for his father ; he 
provided family-medicines ; he extracted teeth : on the fly leaf of 
an old Bible, I have read — " Henry Monson,the celebrated Tooth- 
Drawer. (Andrew Jackson, Pres. of these U. S. of America.)" 
He kept a grocery, and afterwards did gardening, etc. 

He was chosen lister in Jan. 1803, key-keeper in Dec. 1805, 1806, 
pound-keeper in Nov. 1817, '18, '20, highway-surveyor in 1S20, and 
fence-viewer 12 years, i8i2-'i8, i823-'27. He was councilman 
in 1820 and 1821. 

We called him " Uncle Harry," says one. Dr. Eneas 5 bequeathed 
to Henry's children £ of " the residue " of his estate, viz., his resi- 
dence. Henry had built a house just south of his father's ; but 
later he occupied his father's old home. When arrangement was 
made in May 1847 for widening and straightening Sherman 
avenue, now West Chapel St., " the house and lot of Doctor 
Henry Monson " were "diminished"; the amendment took " 13 
feet 4 inches from the north part of Henry Munson's house " ; 
damages appraised at $350. Henry received $130 by the Will of 
Elijah. 6 His own Will gave Henry H.' $25 ; the residue of the 
estate (appraised at $4457) was bequeathed to Eneas', William 7 , 
Susan', and James D.' The homestead, valued at $3100, extended 
no feet on York street and 80 feet deep; a strip along Chapel 
St. was already owned by Jas. D.' 

Clan Benjamin' ': Alfred S. 1 809 

Alfred S.' (^Eneas", Eneas", Benjamin*) b. 23 Sept. 1795 '< m - 22 
May 1822 Mary Ann dau. of Nathaniel Patten, of Hartford ; he d. 
22 May 1870 ; she </. April 1887, a. 84. Physician ; Cong.; res. 
145 Elm St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

845. i. Alfred Patten s b. 20 June 1823, Fr. noon., 2 o'c. 

846. ii. Sarah Patten 3 b. 17 Nov. 1825, Thurs., 12 noon. 

iii. David Daggett 8 b, 13 Jan. 1837, Fr. morn., 8 o'c; m. Mary J. Wilson 
b. in Somerville, N. J.; no ch.; merchant ; he d. of typhoid fever 
(contracted while engaged in mission work) in N. Y. City 7 Feb. 
1862 ; she d., a teacher in New Brunswick, N. J., 25 Dec. 1864, ;?. 
35. David D. "had a beautiful Christian character." He had 
studied ayear at Heidelberg Univ., Germany, and is said to have 
had the talents of a scholar. 

847. iv. Charles Clayton 8 b. 3 Oct. 1838, Wed. morn, 10 o'c. 

v. Frank Augustus 8 *. 9 Dec. 1S41, Thurs. P. M., \\\ o'c; m. 15 May 
1873 Charlotte Bishop of New Haven b. 6 Sept. 1S52 ; sec. N. H. 
Fire Underwriters Assoc; res. Chapel St., New Haven ; 1 ch. — 
Nellie Bishop 9 b. 31 Aug. 1882 in N. H. During the War, Frank 
A. 8 was a member of the 5th N. Y. Cavalry ; was at a boarding- 
school, enlisted as private, came out as Capt.; was shot through 
the arm under the shoulder. He has been a councilman and an 
vi. Frederick Eneas 8 (or vEneas)*. 18 Sept. 1843, Thurs. P. M., at 4 o'c; 
d. 7 Sept. 1864, a. n. 21 ; he enlisted as corp. Co. K, 10th Regt., 
18 Sept. 1861, discharged 6 Jan. '62 ; he enlisted 4 Sept. 1862 as 
sergt. Co. H, 27th Regt., was wounded at Fredericksburg, Va., 13 
Dec. 1862, and was discharged 2 April 1863 ; he died from the 
effect of his wound, and was recorded as a " student." 

Alfred S. 7 graduated at Y. C. in 1815*, and took the degree of 
M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1819. His grand- 
father Eneas 5 bequeathed to him all his chemical apparatus, all his 
medicines, and the residue of his medical books. Alfred practiced 
in New Haven, but retired many years before his death. 

His home was next east of his father's ; it has recently been 
displaced by the new Gymnasium of Yale College. On the 10 of 
Sept. 1825, his father presented him with i acre, bounded S. on 
Elm St., and W. and N. on his own land. He had already been 
presented in 1823 with the lot at the S. E. corner of College and 
Wall streets, which was bounded S. on Leverit Griswold. In 
July 1839 he received from Gerard Hallock a mortgage, securing 

* Among his classmates were Rev. Dr. Wm. B. Sprague. and Prof. James G. Percival, a poet, 
the master of eight sciences, and the most learned American of his time. 

Sio The Munson Record. 

$4800, on his " summer residence in New Haven " — 3^ acres with 
"the Gothic Villa," bounded easterly by the harbor and westerly 
by Cedar St. His transactions in real-estate were numerous, and 
he seems to have been a good financier. His wife is said to have 
been wealthy at the time of marriage. 

The Yale Library has a printed copy of an address delivered by 
Dr. Munson before the New Haven Horticultural Society in 1843. 
I am credibly informed that he was offered the professorship of 
Botany in Yale College, and also a professorship in the Medical 
Department of the Institution ; but as his health was not very 
firm, he declined them. He and his wife were received to mem- 
bership in the First Church July 3, 1831. 

His personal estate inventoried $76,717, real-estate $139,300; 
total §216,017. I n trie city of New Haven he owned some twenty- 
three lots of land and eleven houses ; there was a lot in the rear 
of his homestead, with 100 ft. front on Wall St., $10,000 ; another, 
a lot on the N. E. corner of York and Wall streets, (94x117,) $10,- 
500 ; a lot on the S. E. corner of York and Wall streets, (158x127,) 
$18,000 ; a lot with 700 feet front on Ashmun street, and running 
through to the Canal R. R., with cottage, house and barn, $18,000. 


Mary A. P.' (^Eneas 6 , Eneas 5 , Benjamin*) A 28 March 1803 ; »:.* 
29 May 1821 George Younglove Cutler of Watertown, Ct; 3 ch.; 
he d. 3 Sept. 1834, ce. 37 ; m* (2nd) 15 Aug. 1838 Daniel Green 
Whitney of Ouincv, 111.; several ch.; she d. 7 July 1844; he d. 2 
Jan. 1870. Res. Conn., N. Y. C, Illinois (on the Miss.). 

Children : 
i. Mar>- Shepherd 8 b. 29 March 1822 at Watertown ; bur. 27 March 

1824. (Trin. Ch. rec.) 
ii. Robert* b. 21 July 1823 ; bur. 13 April 1825. (lb.) 
iii. Georgianna 8 b. 21 July 1830 in 111.; m. 5 Jan. 1S50 Pierre B. Corn- 
wall of San Francisco; she d. 7 April 1864 in S. F.; res. San 
Francisco ; for sometime she was at school in New Haven, — 
" the most winning and charming little girl I ever knew," writes 
Charles' ; when not very far in her teens, delicate and slender, 
she accompanied her step-father and a select emigrant party, 
largely on horseback, to California ; she revisited New Haven 
twice and died soon after her second return to San Francisco ; 3 
ch. — Florence 9 b. abt. 1850, m. Alfred Shaw Moore, 1 - res. 711 
Jones St., San Francisco, (2) Bertha James 9 b. abt. 1853, m. 

* Rec. Trin. Ch. 

1 1 ch. — Pierre Cornwall 10 . 

Clan Benjamin*: Mary A. P\ S 1 1 

■Edward Fischer, res. Whatcom, Wash., (3) Arthur William* b. abt. 
1856 or '7, m. May Kennedy, res. San Francisco, 
iv. .(Eneas Monson 8 b. abt. 1839 ; he and his younger brother, after the 
death of their mother, were brought to their grandparents in New 
Haven, where they were under the particular charge of their 
uncle Charles ; .Eneas M. s d. from the effect of a fall from a high 
tree 6 Oct. 1854, ce. 15, — " a remarkably quick-witted and intelli- 
gent youth." Dr. .Eneas 6 bequeathed to Georgianna 8 Cutler 
and .Eneas M. 8 Whitney $2,000 in a note against D. G. W.; and 
also " i the Teas place at Nauvoo, and also the house and the 
several blocks of land which I purchased of Mrs. Cutler at 
v. William Monson 8 , d. from rheumatism of the heart at Sacramento, 
Cal., abt. 1881, <r. abt. 40; he received by his grandfather's Will 
20 shares in the Mechanics Bank ; served in the War as a mem- 
ber of Co. H, 27th Conn. Vols., — enlisted as private 4 Sept. 1862, 
captured 3 May '63 at Chancellorsville, Va., parolled 14 May '63, 
mustered out 27 July '63 ; became freight agent on a steamer 
running between San Francisco and Sacramento. 
(Other ch. of Mary and D. G. W. d. y.) 

G. Y. C. graduated at Y. C. 1816, married " not very long after," 
opened a lawyer's office in Watertown, and after a time removed 
it to New Haven. He subsequently settled in New York City, 
writes Charles 7 , " and engaged in the book-trade, supplying several 
country stores. He consigned to myself at New Haven extensive 
invoices which I bought and sold. A few years afterwards he 
sold out his book-business ; and my father owning western lands 
(soldiers' rights scattered through the military-bounty tract of 
Illinois), Mr. Cutler and myself went through that country and a 
portion of the Indian country over the river west, a zigzag journey 
on horseback, hunting and describing lands. Mr. C. went mean- 
ing to make a new home West. I went for the excitement of 
adventure and for the love I bore him. He made his home upon 
the then frontier line of Illinois, at the head of the Des Moines 
rapids of the Mississippi. There we together began building a 
log-cabin. At about that locality he engaged in a land agency 
and was somewhat in the Indian trade. To that home when it 
was ready, which was soon, his wife followed him ; and there they 
resided till his decease." 

The grave of Mary A. P.' is in the burial ground of Quincy. 
D. G. W. subsequently migrated to California, where he died by a 
railroad accident. A Sacramento paper says — " Capt. D. G. Whit- 
ney will be remembered by old residents as holding a prominent 
position here with the California Steam Navigation company." 

812 The Munson Record. 

Nathan C (Elijah', Eneas', Benjamin 4 ) b. 22 March 1S00 ; m. 
(by Dr. Croswell) 11 Sept. 1822 Eliza M. dau. of John Davis, a 
sea-captain who lived on Olive St., b. 26 Nov. 1800 ; she d. 5 Oct. 
1863; he d. 6 March 1883. Farmer; Detn.; res. New Haven, 
Southbury, Ct. 

Children, b. in N. H.: 

i. Curtiss N. s b, 13 July 1823 ; unm.; d. 23 Aug. 1859; farmer; Dem.; 
res. Southburv. 

848. ii. Henry Davis 8 b. 26 March 1825. 

iii. Robert W. 8 b. 19 April 1S27 ; unm.; d. June 1864; tailor; Dem.; 
res. New Haven in 1847 when he boarded at the Temperance 
House, and later Sacramento, Cal. He owned at death one- 
third of the property at the corner of Crown and Church Sts., 
bounded N. on Crown and W. by Church Soft. 

iv. Mary E. 8 b. 10 June 1832; unm.; d. 24 Feb. 1864; being of New 
Haven in July 1849 she chose her father Nathan as her guardian. 

Nathan C. 7 24 Aug. 1830 paid his father $550 for a lot bounded 
N. on Crown St. 42 ft., " the same on which sd Nathan has lately 
built his brick house ; " this was next east of Elijah's. Between 
May 6, 1831 and March 1, 1833, he removed to Southbury. At the 
latter date C. C. Hinman was his conservator (intemperance). 
Elijah's Will provided that Nathan and Eliza should have a life 
use of the real-estate which they were occupying in Southbury, 
and of his household furniture. The residue of his property was 
given in trust to ^Eneas" for the support and education of Nathan 
and Eliza's children, who were to inherit eventually the whole 
property remaining. Nathan's place was in Southbury village on 
Pomperaug River. He represented his town in the General 
Assembly in 1861. 

George E. 7 (George 6 , Eneas 6 , Benjamin') b. 23 Nov. 181 1 ; m. 
17 Feb. 1834 Angeline Taylor of Johnston, R. I.; he d. 6 July 1874 ; 
she d. 29 June 1880. Marketman ; res. Providence, R. I. 

Children : 
i. Mary Ann 8 b. 26 Nov. 1834; unm.; d. 18 Jan. 1891 ; res. Provi- 
ii. Charles Henry 8 b. 8 June 1836; unm.; d. 3 Aug. 1877; res. Provi- 

849. iii. Jane 8 b. 4 May 1838. 

850. iv. William Allen 8 b. 1 July 1840. 

v. Charlotte 8 ^. 22 June 1842 ; m. i860 George J. McDougall ; divorced 
1872 ; m. (2nd) 3 Feb. 1873 John H. Lewis of Providence, a loco- 

Clan Benjamin*: Frederick A? 813 

motive engineer ; he d. 20 Oct. 1890 ; she d. 14 Jan. 1892 ; no ch.; 
res. Providence, 
vi. Thomas Wilson Dorr 8 b. 10 Dec. 1845 ; d. y. 
vii. Abner Daggett 8 b. 27 Aug. 1849 ; d. 31 Aug. 1856. 

George E. 7 changed his residence from New Haven to Provi- 
dence at the age of three years. 

Frederick A. 7 (Elihu 8 , Eneas 5 , Benjamin 4 ) b. 27 Jan. 1807 ; m. 
1841 Maria Jennings of Newtown ; he d. 6 March 1870 ; she d. 10 
Jan. 1884, a. 75. Shoemaker ; res. Newtown, New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in Newtown : 
851. i. Charles Jay 8 *. 18 March 1848. 

ii. Emily Augusta 8 b. 26 Nov. 1850; blind; Meth.; res. Newtown 
until 7 yrs. old, since New Haven (from abt. 1869, Home of the 

Will of Dr. Eneas 5 : " To my Grandson Frederick, all my wear- 
ing apparel." Frederick A. 7 received July 1829 from A. P. San- 
ford $100 for his right in the ancestral quarter-acre (with build- 
ings), bounded N. on Derby Turnpike road, E. on York St. and S. 
on Henry 6 . In 1831 and '34 he owned '/ 16 of the lot at the corner 
of Chapel and Academy Sts. He was admitted an elector at New 
Haven 7 April 1834. His residence at date of death was in 
Fayette St. 

Jane A. 7 (Elihu", Eneas 5 , Benjamin*) b. 8 March 1813 ; m. 29 
Sept. 1833 Edward Goodsell of New Haven, b. 27 Sept. 1810, a 
tailor; she d. 25 July 1844 in Carlinville ; see next below. Res. 
Carlinville, 111. 

Children : 

i. Samuel Chew 8 b. 2 Aug. 1834 in New Haven ; m. 1 May 1862 Harriet 
A. Strong (1st cous.) ; model-maker ; res. Westville, Ct.; 1 ch. — 
Hattie M. 9 b. 12 March 1866, m. Robert T. Grant, a polisher, res. 
Westville. S. C. 6 is quite inventive : there is hardly a model that 
he has ever worked on " but that has been changed and improved 
at his suggestion till the inventor himself was in doubt whether 
'twas his own or Sam's invention." It is said that "he can do 
anything with figures." Beckwith, the almanac-maker, " said he 
could reach depths beyond him ; he called him a second Sir Isaac 

ii. Richard Mears 8 b. 7 May 1837 at Carlinville ; d. 5 April 1885. He 
enlisted at the first call for three-years' men (at the outbreak of 
the Rebellion) and served the three years ; he reenlisted for three 

8 14 The Munson Record. 

years more ; and was honorably discharged at the close of the 
War. At the battle of Cedar Mountain he was taken prisoner, 
was sent to Libby Prison, and thence to the prison pen at Salis- 
bury. " The starvation diet, harsh treatment, and exposure to 
the inclement weather, reduced him to a perfect skeleton. He 
never regained his health, and from the time he was discharged 
till he died, he was in hospital most of the time." He died in the 
Soldiers' Home, Dayton, O. 

iii. Harry Croswell 8 /'. 24 April 1840 at C; m. 1862 ; is a widower ; has 
one son ; blacksmith ; res. Evansville, Minn. 

iv. Sarah Jane* b. 5 Nov. 1841 at C; m. 31 Dec. 1862 George W. 
Bailey/'. 2 May 1841 in Whitneyville, an armorer; res. Dixwell 
Ave., New Haven ; 7 ch. — (1) George Edward 9 b. 20 March 1864 
at Bridesburg, Pa., m. 1883 Lizzie Simpkins, machinist, now 
business manager of a novelty company, (2) Frank 9 b. n Aug. 
1866 at B., d. a. " a few days," (3) Joseph Baker 9 /;. 12 Dec. 1868 
in Marion, Ct., machinist, res. Dixwell Ave., New Haven, (4) 
Thomas Strong 9 b. 17 April 1870 in Plantsville, Ct., m. 8 June 
1892 Maud Thompson of New Haven, printer (with O. A. Dor- 
man), res. Dixwell Ave., New Haven, (5) Mary Jane 9 b. 14 Sept. 
1871 at P., m. 5 Oct. i8g2 Walter H. Corner, who is connected 
with the Crocker Paper Mfg. Co., res. Holyoke, Ms., (6) Cornelia 
Maud 9 b. 3 Nov. 1873 at P., d. r) Feb. rS86 in New Haven, (7) 
Bessie Adella 9 b. 23 April 1881 in New Haven. G. W. B. at date 
of marriage was inspector of guns at the Bridesburg Armory. He 
enlisted, at the second call for three years' men, and went into 
the Navy ; he remained on the U. S. monitor Sangamon till the 
war closed as paymaster's steward. The past twelve years he has 
worked in the finishing room of the Winchester Arms Co. 
v. Elihu Monson 8 b. 3 Feb. 1843 at C; bp. Trin. Ch., New Haven 19 
Sept. 1844 ; d. 21 Sept. 1844. 

She received by the Will of her grandmother Sarah a gown, a 
suit of curtains, " and five dollars in cash to purchase mourning ;" 
from her grandfather's estate, $172 . 13. 

Mary S. 7 (Elihu 6 , Eneas', Benjamin*) b. 21 June 1819 ; m. (by H. 
Croswell) 27 Aug. 1845 Edward Goodsell of New Haven ; see next 
above; he d. 3 Sept. 1873. R es - ( r 893) Dixwell Ave., New Haven. 
Children, b. in N. H.: 

i. Edward Augustus 8 b. 25 June 1846 ; d. 8 Jan. 1848. 
ii. Ella Augusta 8 b. r6 April 1849 ; d. 31 Aug. 1849. 

iii. Mary Elizabeth 3 b. 30 Aug. 1853; m. in New Haven 14 Jan. 1880 
Garry H. White ; no ch. ; she d. 1 Nov. 1880. 

Mary"s interest in the ancestral corner was sold in 1837, app'y. 
" I have been living for the past ten years with my step-daughter 

Clan Benjamin'': Benjamin S. 7 815 

Sarah J. Bailey." E. G. is represented as having been a con- 
scientious, honorable and benevolent citizen. 


Benjamin S. T (Elihu", Eneas', Benjamin') b. 3 Aug. 1821 ; m. 23 
April 1849 Mary Noble of Guilford. Brass and silver plater; res. 
Vine St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in N. H.: 
851a. i. Harriet Elizabeth 3 b. iS April 1850. 

ii. Jane Catharine 8 b. 6 April 1S53 ; d. 10 Sept. 1871. 
851b. iii. Frances Caroline* b. 29 Jan. 1858. 

Benjamin S. was admitted elector 1843. He lives in 1892 where 
he lived in 1867. We are considerably indebted to him for infor- 
mation in regard to the descendants of Dr. Eneas 6 . 


Frances C. 7 (Elihu 8 , Eneas 5 , Benjamin 4 ) b. 19 Sept. 1823 ; m. (by 
H. Croswell) 22 May 1844 George P. Thomas of Litchfield, a 
coach-painter ; she d. 26 Nov. 1887 ; he, later. Res. Day St., New 
Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. George L. 8 *. 4 June 1848 ; d. 28 Aug. 1852. 
ii. Henry M. 3 *. 25 Feb. 1853 ; painter, N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R.; res. 

Putnam St., New Haven, 
iii. Augustus F. 8 b. 18 Nov. 1854; m. 20 Dec. 1872 Josephine Downs ; 
brakeman.N. Y..N.H.&. H. R.R.;res. Hallock St., New Haven ; 
2 ch. — (1) Josie A. 9 b. 3 April 1874, m. Charles H. Baldwin, fire- 
man, N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R., res. Hallock Ave., (2) Frances S. 9 
b. 18 Nov. 1875, res. at home. 
iv. Elizabeth S. 3 *. 4 Jan. 186-; m. Zina L. Downs, a joiner ; he d. 20 
Oct. 1892 ; she res. Hallock St., New Haven. 

Her interest in the ancestral corner was sold to A. P. Sanford 
for $162 in July 1839. 

Sarah E.' (Elihu", Eneas', Benjamin') b. 8 Jan. 1831 ; m. (by H. 
Croswell) 9 Nov. 1846 Charles son of Pearly P. Thomas, of 
Litchfield, (bro. of Geo. P., above,) a carriage-painter ; he d. 9 
March 1870, a. 46 ; she d. Fall of 1886. Episc; res. Day St., New 

Children,/*, in N. H.: 
i. Elihu Monson* *. 9 Nov. 1847 ; m. Emma Thompson of New 
Haven ; chief baggage-master of N. Y., N. H. and H. R. R. at 
New Haven ; 4 ch. — Son, dec, Ella 9 , Jennie 9 and Charles 9 . 

816 The Munson Record. 

ii. Elizabeth S. 8 b. 30 Nov. 1853 ; d. unm. 

iii. David Daggett 8 b. 22 Nov. 1857 ; baggage-master ; res. Spring St., 

New Haven ; son Charles E. 9 , m. Jenny E. Hackett at Port 

Chester, N. Y. 


Henry H.' (Henry*, Eneas 6 , Benjamin') b. 24 Oct. 1804 ; m. unc. 
abt. 1826 Martha B. dau. of Moses Russell of Cheshire ; 3 ch.; she 
dec; m. (2nd) 14 April 1831 Sabrina dau. of Jireh Rowley* of 
Victor, Ont. Co., N. Y. (a pioneer, and captain in War of 1812) ; 6 
ch.; she d. 4 April 1853 ; m. (3d) 1854 Mrs. Roxanna Pierce ; 1 ch.; 
she d. 7 Oct. 1862 ; m. (4th) 14 April 187 1 Mrs. Selina L. Daniels ; 
no ch.; he d. 2 Jan. 1882. Physician ; res. Oswayo, Pa. 

Children : 
i. Hiram 8 b. in New Haven ; d. 26 July 1826 in N. H. 
851c. ii. Hannah Celia 8 b. 20 Feb. 1827 in Henrietta, N. Y. 
8sid. iii. Hiram Nichols 8 b. 29 Jan. 1828 in Henrietta, 
iv. Son b. and d. 1832 in Victor, N. Y. 

v. Harriet Carver 8 b. 4 Oct. 1833 in Pittsford, N. Y. ; unm.; millinery 
and fancy goods (" 5 days in the week ") ; Seventh Day Bapt. ; res. 
Oswayo, (20 yrs.) 
vi. Jireh Rowley 8 b. 19 Jan. 1836 in Henrietta ; d. Dec. 1864 ; farmer ; 
Rep.; res. Belfast, N. Y.; enlisted Co. F, 4th N. Y. Vols., and d. 
in prison at Salisbury, N. C. 
vii. vEneas Howell" b. 22 March 1838 at Belfast, N. Y., member of Co. 
G, 46th Regt. Penn. Vols.; d. in prison at Lynchburg, Va., 1862. 
viii. Elizabeth Brace 8 b. 5 Aug. 1840 at Belfast ; m. William Hay of 
Livingstone Co.; separated; m. (2nd) abt. 1890 Louis B. Car- 
penter who lost an arm in the War; res. Oswayo ; 1 dau. — 
Frances 9 b. abt. 1868, m. William Stillson, (two ch., Altie' , dau., 
*. 4 Aug. 1887, and Edgar E. 10 b. 18 Feb. 1892.) 
ix. Henry Moody 8 b. 24 May 1842 at Belfast ; member of Co. G, 46th 
Penn. Vols.; " came home to die," which occurred at Oswayo 4 
May 1864. 
x. Ruth 8 b. 7 Jan. 1855 at Genesee, Pa.; m. 31 Dec. 1872 Delos C. 
Reasor ; no ch.; she is a member of the M. E. Church; res. 
Olean, N. Y. 

The third wife, nee Gardiner, had been the wife of J. Buckley 
and R. Pierce ; the fourth, ne'e Kernan, had been the wife of Salmon 
Hawley, M. D., and C. Daniels. The death of two of the soldier- 
sons is said to have been caused by starvation and the third by 

Henry H. was admitted elector at New Haven 3 April 1826. 
He was at first a shoemaker. He sold his right in the ancestral 

' His father Joseph was a soldier in the Revolutit 

Clan Benjamin 1 : Susannah HJ 817 

corner to Sanford in 1831. By his father's Will he received $25. 
He removed to Henrietta, N. Y., in 1826. About the time of his 
second marriage he was studying medicine ; he attended lectures 
at Fairfield, Herkimer Co., N. Y. 

Henry H. commenced practice as a student of Hartwell Carver, 
M. D., at Pittsford, N. Y. In 1837 he moved to Belfast, N. Y., 
where he continued practice. In 1854 (after his third marriage) 
he moved to Potter Co., Penn., where he still devoted himself to 
his profession. 

Dr. Munson was a small man. He was unusually healthy and 
active until the last five years of his life, and then was never con- 
fined to his bed more than a day or two. He became a member of 
Hiram Lodge of Free Masons in New Haven, and was afterwards 
a member of Western Union Lodge, Belfast, and of the chapter at 
Wellsville. " He was a decided Abolitionist in days when advo- 
cating such sentiments was unpopular and even dangerous. He 
was quite decided in his likes and dislikes, and a man who could 
say yes and no." 


Susannah H. 7 (Henry", Eneas 6 , Benjamin 4 ) b. 15 Feb. 1809 ; m. 
(by Samuel Merwin) 15 April 1827 John Piatt Ailing; 3 ch.; he d. 
Jan. 1834 ; m. (2nd) 16 April 1838 Fowler Hotchkiss ; 4 ch.; he d. 
6 March 1864; she d. 17 Oct. 1886. Episc; res. Day St., New 
Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Son b. 27 Feb. 1828 ; d. y. 

ii. Henry Monson 5 b. 24 May 1829 ; m. 1850 Louisa J. Thompson ; 
joiner ; res. West St., New Haven; 3 ch. — (1) William H. 9 b. 1851, 
pile-driver, res. New Haven, annex, (2) Annie L.» b. 1858, res. 
New Haven, (3) Harry W. 9 b. 1868, mason, res. Hallock Ave., 
New Haven. 

iii. Elizabeth Hilah M. 8 b. 8 Oct. 1831 in New Haven ; m. 9 May 1850 
Levi C. son of Ezra W. Dibble, b. in Danbury 6 June 1828, a black- 
smith, Dem., Bapt.; she d. 15 July 1885; res. Day St., New 
Haven ; 2 ch.— (1) Oliver Ellsworth 9 b. 25 May 1851, d. 28 Sept. 
1851, (2) Susanna Elizabeth 9 b. 9 July 1859, book-compositor, 
Bapt., res. (with her aunt) Hartford, Ct. 

iv. Mary M. 8 A. 15 July 1840 ; m. 12 June i860 George E. Ward, fore- 
man in harness-manufactory; res. Hartford, Ct.; 5 ch. — (1) 
Susannah H. M. 9 b. 20 Dec. i860, m. 26 Nov. 1879 William Graff, 
res. Hartford, (2) Mary E. 9 b. 19 May 1868, (3) Georgie A.» b. 28 
Dec. 1870, m. 28 Dec. 1892 Edward A. Carleton, res. Howard 
Ave., New Haven, (4) Edward M. 9 *. 3 July 1877, res. Hartford, 
(5) Sarah A. 9 b. 22 March 1880. 

818 The Munson Record. 

v. David Benjamin 8 ^. 27 Sept. 1S42 in N. H.; m. 9 May 1866 Mary 
Louisa Martin b. 7 April 1841 in N. Y. C. ; harness-mfr. ; Dem.; 
Episc; res. Eau Claire, Wis.; was a soldier in the War of the 
Rebellion, — enlisted 9 Sept. 1861 priv. Co. K, 6th C. V., Col. 
Chatfield. — was crippled by rupture, and discharged I Nov. 1862 ; 
in Wis., 1884, lost all, even family clothing, by flood ; 1 ch. — 
Mary Alice 9 b. 27 April 1868 in East Haven, Ct. 

vi. Lyman Tucker 8 b. 2 June 1845 ; m.; machinist ; res. Hughes Ave., 
New Haven. 

vii. George Trowbridge 6 b. 28 Aug. 1848 ; unm.; res. New Haven. 

Susannah received from her grandfather's estate $132, was pre- 
sented by her father in July 1831 with a lot bounded east on his 
own land and north on the Derby Turnpike road, and had from 
her father's estate, in i860, $1300. 


William E.' (Henry 5 , Eneas 6 , Benjamin') b. 6 Nov. 1818 ; m. 15 

June 1835 Hannah Roxana Fisher of Litchfield* ; m. (2nd) 27 April 

1861 Hannah R. Munsonf, a. 43 ; she d. 29 July 1887, a. 73 ; he d. 

22 Sept. 1890. Carriage-maker ; res. Orchard St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : t 

i. Pastoria Elinor 8 b. abt. 1836 ; m. 8 Nov. 1855 Ailing Brown, a. 61, 
a musician ; she d. 13 March 1858, cc. 23 ; res. Hill St., New 
Haven ; 2 ch. — (1) Francis Ailing 9 b. 18 Aug. 1856, (2) Son />. I 
Dec. 1857. 
ii. William Henry 8 b. 22 Jan. 1839 ; m. Frances Jane dau. of Heman 
Childs of Seymour, Ct.; she d. (insane) 30 Oct. 1880, a:. 40 ; drove 
bread-cart for years, has been penny-post, later special constable ; 
res. Orchard St., New Haven ; 2 ch. — Mary Jane 9 , d. 27 June 
1872, it. I day, (2) Willie 9 b. 27 Sept. 1875 in N. H. 
iii. Wallace J.', m.; d. 19 June 1884, a. 42 ; harness-maker ; worked 
at The South and returned ; res. in 1867 Orchard St., New Haven. 
851c iv. Whitney Cleveland 8 b. 3 Sept. 1844. 

William E.' sold his heritage in the York and Chapel St. corner 
to Sanford in 1840 for $137. From his father's estate he received 
$1300 in i860. He served in the War, Co. C, 10th C. V., enlisting 
19 June 1862, reenlisting 1 Jan. 1864, and was discharged 18 May 

James D. 7 (Henry 6 , Eneas 6 , Benjamin 4 ) b. 10 Feb. 1822 ; m. (by 
H. Croswell) 1 Sept. 185 1 Julia Ann Hazard of Litchfield. Car 
painter ; res. Howard Ave., New Haven, Ct. 

* Litchfield Rec. 
t New Haven Rec. 

Clan Benjamin* : Alfred P.' 819 

Children : 
i. Albert Henry 8 b. 3 April 1853; unm.; book-keeper; res. Howard 

Ave., New Haven, 
ii. Charlotte Evalina 8 b. 29 April 1855 I d. 2 ° Nov. 1868. 
iii. Lillian Julia 8 b. 5 Jan. i860 ; m. 15 April 1884 Clarence M. Gourley, 
ce. 25, b. in Hartford, an engineer ; she, music-teacher ; res. How- 
ard Ave., New Haven ; 1 ch. — Lottie Belle 9 b. abt. 1886. 

James D. 7 shared with others the estates of his father and grand- 

Alfred P. 8 (Alfred S.', .(Eneas 6 , Eneas 5 , Benjamin') b. 20 June 
1823; m. Harriet Mygatt ; he d. 2 May 1894. Physician; Cong.; 
res. Canon City, Col. 

Children : 
i. Alfred Mygatt 9 b. abt. 1858 ; ranchman ; res. Colorado (prob.). 
ii. May Resique 9 b. April 1859 ; m. May 1875 Charles Kirkpatrick 
Offield, a patent lawyer of large practice (Offield, Towle and 
Lentanthal) ; res. Ashland Boulevard, Chicago ; 3 ch. — (1) Charles 
Kirkpatrick 10 b. 24 Sept. 1876, (2) Pike 10 , d. at abt. 2 y., (3) James 
R. 10 b. abt. 1880. 
iii. Donald 9 b. abt. 1861 or '62 ; m.j farmer ; res. Lake Geneva, Wis. 
iv. Pearl 9 b. Sept. 1868 ; m. 28 Sept 1892 Wallace Schoolfield, a lawyer ; 
res. West Cliff, Col. 

Alfred P. 7 was admitted an elector at New Haven in Oct. 1844. 
He was a graduate of the Medical Department of Yale College in 
1847. He has practiced very little. Being troubled with head- 
aches, his father built a house for him way out on Dixwell avenue 
with a good deal of ground about it where he could cultivate 
flowers, &c. He stated in 1887 that he had lived in New Haven 
continously except for ten or twelve years when he was in Cali- 
fornia and Florida. Dr. Monson united with the First Church, 
New Haven, 30 July 1837 ; was dismissed 5 Feb. 1856 ; joined the 
North Church with his wife in Jan. 1861, from which both were 
dismissed in 1862. 


Sarah P.' (Alfred S. 7 , .Eneas", Eneas 6 , Benjamin') b. 17 Nov. 
1825 ; m. (by Leonard Bacon) 6 Jan. 1845 Thomas N. Dale of N. Y., 
a silk manufacturer; she d. 8 May 1880. Res. New York City. 

Children : 
i. Thomas Nelson 9 b. 25 Nov. 1845 in N. Y. City ; "'. 22 Dec. 1874 
Margaret Brown ; geologist on U. S. Geological Survey; res. 
Newport, R. I.; 6 ch. — (1) Sarah N.'° b. 15 May 1876 in Paterson, 
(2) Norman B. 10 b. 23 Sept. 1878 in Poughkeepsie, (3) Nelson C. 10 
b. 9 July 1880 in Newport, (4) Oswald 10 /'. 1 May 1882 at Newport, 

82o The Munson Record. 

(5) Margaret 10 b. 6 May 1885 at Toronto, Can., (6) Arthur 10 *. 2 
Feb. 1887 at Newport. T. N. 1 D. has taught at Vassar College 
and Drury College and has been . y-\ 

connected with the Geological Sur- M / * A * 

vey for a number of years ; he is /t l/fo&i/fll tU*i^__^ 
now (1893) lecturing temporarily at ^^ 

Williams College, though retaining * s -~~~ 

his position on the Survey. He is a botanist as well as geologist, 
and is the author of several publications. In early life, he was 
eager to enter the Christian ministry, and with this end in view 
pursued studies for a time at Oberlin ; but his health was inade- 
ii. Frederick S. 9 b. abt. 1849 ; a silk mfr. at Whitehall, N. Y., — lately 
failed ; address (1893) Canal St., N. Y. City. 

Sarah P. 9 became a member of First Church, New Haven, in May 
1841. Her residences in America were Paterson, New York, and 
Philadelphia (where she died). For thirteen years she resided in 
Paris, France. She spoke French, Spanish, Italian and German, 
and was a person of superior merit. The factory of T. N. D. was 
in Paterson ; he was once worth $700,000, which he lost. 

Charles C." (Alfred S.', ^Eneas", Eneas 6 , Benjamin') b. 3 Oct. 
1838; m. in Chicago 27 June 1872 Stella Elizabeth Shepherd.* 
Cong.; res. Chapel St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Stella Emmeline 9 b. 2 Aug. 1873, res. New Haven. 

ii. Edith Dale 9 b. 27 Aug. 1875, ii. 

iii. Charles Shepherd 9 b. 14 Dec. 1S76, ii. 

iv. Ethel Percy 9 b. 7 Aug. 1884. 

Charles C. married his lovely second-cousin. Their home on 
the south side of West Chapel St. is said to be on Dr. Eneas^'s old 
cow-pasture. Antique portraits and documents are among their 
treasures.. They united with the First Church 7 July 1878. 

Henry D." (Nathan C. 7 , Elijah", Eneas 5 , Benjamin 4 ) b. 26 March 
1825 ; m. 14 Sept. 1859 Julia A. Lum of Southbury ; he d. 22 Aug. 
1885. Farmer; Dem.; res. Southbury, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Henry E. 9 b. 2 Dec. i860; unm. ; mechanic; Rep.; res. Water- 
bury, Ct. 
ii. Mary Eliza 9 b. 29 Nov. 1868 ; unm.; res. Southbury. 

* Born in Wisconsin, dau. of Charles Levi, son of Levi (bro. of Dr. .d£neas 8 Monson's wife), 
son of Levi who m. Mary dau. of Col. Seth Pomeroy (Revolutionary). 

Clan Benjamin': William A* 821 

We quote the New Haven Register : " Mr. Monson was one of 
the Montague company which sailed for California in 1849 and of 
whom but few survive. He spent about two years there, and dur- 
ing the severe sickness of members of the company, his voluntary 
services as nurse were highly appreciated. The remaining years 
of his life were spent in Southbury. In the year 185 1 he repre- 
sented the town in the Legislature." 


Jane' (George E.', George", Eneas 5 , Benjamin') b. 4 May 1838 ; 
m. 11 Oct. i860 William R. Henrys of Providence ; she d. 20 July 
1872. Res. Providence. 

Children : 
i. William Allen 9 b. 5 June 1862 ; d. 15 July 1866. 

ii. Annie Frances 9 *. 8 June 1864; m. 24 April 1886 Charles H. Mon- 
roe, a jeweller; res. Providence; 4 ch. — (1) Lillie E. 10 b. 4 Feb. 
18S7, d. 4 April 188S, (2) Jane M.'° *. 21 March 1888, d. 4 Aug. 
1888, (3) Elizabeth F. 10 *. 7 May 1800, d. 26 July 1890, (4) Ernest 
H." *. 27 Sept. 1S91. 

iii. Walter Scott 9 *. 14 May 1866; m. 24 March 18S6 Gussie Algren ; 
jeweller ; res. Providence ; 3 ch. — (1) Florence A. 10 *. 1 Aug. 1887, 
(2) William A. 10 b. 6 June 1889, (3) Mabel F. 10 b. 20 Dec. 1890. 

iv. Alfred Eugene 9 b. 7 Feb. 1868 ; m. 10 Nov. 1892 Alma Algren ; 
jeweller ; res. Providence. 

v. Jane Elizabeth 9 b. 12 Aug. 1869 ; d. 29 Oct. 1870. 

vi. Charlotte Emma 9 *. 4 March 1S71 ; unm.; res. Providence. 


William A. 8 (George E.', George", Eneas 5 , Benjamin*) b. 1 July 
1840 ; m, 26 Oct. 1876 Annie E. Besse ot Providence. Solicitor of 
claims ; res. Providence, R. I. 

Children, b. in P.: 

i. George E. 9 *. 5 Sept. 1878. 

ii. Angeline Taylor 9 *. 25 Feb. 1883. 
iii. William Allen 9 *. 12 Aug. 1887. 
iv. Mabel Daggett 9 *. Tuesday, 27 Oct. 1393. 

William A. s served on several vessels in the U. S. Navy during 
the late War, is a survivor of the U. S. monitor Wcehawken lost off 
Charleston, S. C, Jan. 6, 1864, and was -^ -p <=, 
engaged in all the actions of the South ** ™* ' > ••" 

Atlantic Squadron in the reduction of the defences in Charleston 


Charles J." (Frederick A.', Elihu", Eneas*, Benjamin 4 ) b. 18 
March 1848 ; m. 7 Jan. 1870 Celestia S. dau. of Abraham Tibbals, 

822 The Munson Record. 

b. in Guilford ; 4 ch.; she d. 5 May 1875, a - 22 i m - (2nd) 24 April 
1879 Mrs. Emily (Hotchkiss) Fuller. Yardmaster N. Y., N. H. & 
H. R. R.; Rep.; res. Greenwich Ave., New Haven. 

Children, b. in N. H.: 

i. Charlie E. 3 b. 9 May 1871 ; d. 19 July 1871. 

ii. Charles Frederick 9 b. 12 Sept. 1872. 

iii. Abram Dwight 9 b. 26 Sept. 1873. 

iv. Clara Louisa 9 b. 4 Nov. 1S74 ; " given in adoption" 14 Nov. 1877 to 
Davis C. Smith and wife of New Haven, — will support, rear and 
educate suitably to their rank, fortune and condition in life. 

Charles J.* has served five years in the State militia. " I have 
never made any very heavy mark in the world, but have tried to 
do as near the square thing as I could." There are none of 
Elihu Monson's descendants to transmit the Munson name except 
Charles 3 and Abram, 9 and perhaps Walter 8 . 


Harriet E. 8 (Benjamin S.', Elihu", Eneas 5 , Benjamin 4 ) b. 18 
April 1850; m. 8 June 1870 Frank E. Hitchcock; he d. 2 May 
1883. Nurse ; res. Vine St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Harriet Monson 9 b. 16 April 1871 ; unm. (1893). 

ii. Jennie Louise 9 b. 28 Aug. 1873 ; d. 8 Oct. 1874. 

iii. Mary Louise 9 b. 4 Aug. 1877. 

iv. Ruth 9 b. 3 Aug. 1879. 


Frances C." (Benjamin S.', Elihu 6 , Eneas 5 , Benjamin*) b. 29 
Jan. 1858 ; m. 6 Dec. 1877 Thomas Hollingworth, a. 23, b. in Eng- 
land, a foreman in Mallory, Wheeler Co.'s. Res. Baldwin Place, 
New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Jennie Louise 9 b. 24 March 1878. 
ii. Ada 9 b. 24 Sept. 1882. 


Hannah C. s (Henry H. 7 , Henry", Eneas 5 , Benjamin 4 ) b. 20 Feb. 
1827 ; m. (by H. Croswell) 16 Aug. 1846 Nathan Wm. Oviatt b. in 
Milford, an agent. Episc; res. Orchard St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Cornelia M. 9 *. 3 Oct. 1849 ; d. 19 Aug. 1852. 
ii. Cornelia M. s b. 3 Sept. 1853; d. 22 June 1859. 
iii. Isabel Louise 9 b. 6 March 1S65 ; unm.; res. New Haven. 

Clan Benjamin*: Hiram N." 823 

Hannah C." was brought up by her grandfather Monson in York 
St. She married at Dr. Croswell's house in Crown St. 

Hiram N. 8 (Henry H.', Henry', Eneas', Benjamin') b. 29 Jan. 
1828 ; m. 7 Sept. 1851 Harriet E. dau. of John Wooding, of Oxford 
b. 10 Sept. 1833 ; he d. 22 March 1889. Farmer ; res. Pros- 
pect, Ct. 

Children : 
8sif. i. Hannah Lucretia 9 *. 11 Aug. 1852 in Oxford, Ct. 

ii. Helen M. 9 b. 17 Oct. 1853 in Prospect ; d. 24 Nov. 1856. 
iii. Hartly B. 9 b. 10 Sept. 1859 in P.; m. Mary Welton ; res. Prospect 

(has his father's place) ; 1 ch. — Harry W. 10 *. 26 May 1891. 
iv. Hollis B. 9 *. 18 June 1863 in P.; unm.; res. Bethany, Ct. 
v. Harry W. 9 b. 4 April 1865 in P.; m. 4 Oct. 1888 Minnie Warner of 
Bethany ; res. Bethany. 

Hiram N.'s mother died in his infancy and he was brought up 
by his grandfather Russell in Cheshire. He resided near the S. E. 
corner of Prospect. His Will was dated 18 March 1889. Real- 
estate appraised at $200. 

85i e - 
Whitney C." (William E.', Henry 6 , Eneas 5 , Benjamin 4 ) b. 3 Sept. 
1844; m. 12 Aug. 1869 Anna L. Basset £. 1 Feb. 1843. Carpenter, 
house-painter ; res. Kimberly Ave., New Haven. 

Children : 
i. Albert C. 9 b. 11 Jan. 1872 ; mechanic ; res. New Haven, 
ii. Anna May 9 b. 3 Dec. 1875. 

Whitney C." enlisted in Co. F, 6th C. V., 26 Aug. 1861 ; injured 
1 July 1863 at Ft. Wagner, S. C; disc. 11 Sept. 1864. 


Hannah L." (Hiram N. 8 , Henry H.', Henry", Eneas', Benjamin') 
b. 11 Aug. 1852; m. 18 Sept. 1882 Justus C. Humiston, a. 50, a 
farmer. Res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Nettie E. 10 *. 2 July 1883 ; d. 17 May 1891. 

ii. Clifton L. 10 b. 2 Sept. 1884 ; d. 7 May 1891. 
iii. Elsie J. 10 b. 3 Oct. 1888. 
iv. Walter E.'° b. 24 May 1891. 

824 The Munson Record. 

Clan Theophilus. 4 

TAeo/hi/us 3 , Samuet*, Thomas 1 . 


Theophilus* b. 25 June 17 13 ; m. (by Samuel Bishop, J. P.) 27 
Sept. 1739 Abigail dau. of Capt. James Tallmadge ; he d. 13 Dec. 
1793 ; she d. in Waterbury 16 March 1795, <z. 80. Smith ; Cong.; 
res. Chapel St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Ann 5 b. 14 July 1740 ; */. 20 July 1740 at First Ch. 
ii. Philemon' b. 18 Aug. 1741 ; bp. 23 Aug. 1741, ib.; d. 8 Sept. 1741. 
iii. Sybil 6 b. 9 Nov. 1742 ; */. II Nov. 1742, ib. 

853. iv. Hannah 6 b. 17 May 1744. 

854. v. Theophilus 6 *. 4 Jan. 1747. 

One year before his marriage Theophilus' bought about J4 of 
an acre on the south side of Chapel street ; and the next year, less 
than three months before his ^^~ * „ **. . 

marriage, his father presented ^£ ^AaW v //««tM* 
him with three-fourths of an ' ' 

acre adjoining his purchase on the west, with a house and barn ; 
he then had seven-eighths of an acre and one rod, with a frontage 
on Chapel St. of about 17 -J- rods (289^ feet), and a depth of 131^- 
feet. His homelot thus occupied one-third of the frontage be- 
tween State street and Church street. Wadsworth's Plan, made a 
few years later, 1748, puts only one house between his and the 
State St. corner lot, and no building whatever between his place 
and Church St.; his house is located east of the line of Orange St. 
which did not then exist. The building west of his house, on the 
site of Orange St., was probably his barn ; and the building east 
of his house, his blacksmith shop, as it is there located in the Plan 
of 1786 by Deacon Bostwick. The only tree on this plan is on 
Theophilus' land east of the shop ; what entitled it to such dis- 
tinction ? In 1786 there was one house between his and Titus 
Street's house and store on the corner of State street, while 
between his place and Church street there were two drug-stores, 
two general stores, one hat-store, two tailor-shops, (all these were 
combined with dwellings,) and three other houses. Adjoining 
him on the west was E. Beardsley's house and drug-store. 

He purchased of Jo? Todd 28 Sept. 1738 the west one-fourth of 
the land he had bought of John Huggins, paying ^20 ; it was 


Conspectus of Male Heads of Families 


Samuel 8 
Amenta, N. Y. 

William Y. 

Howell, Mick. 

William H. s , 



Frederick A." 

Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Theophilus 1 

171J-17QS ■! 
New Haven, Ct. 

Theophilus 5 

Redding, Ct. 

Frederick A." 

Muskingum, 0. 


William 7 
Chnion, Mo. 
Henry : 



Horine, Mo. 

Augustus Y. T 

Green Valley, III. 

Clan Theophilus*: Himself. 825 

formerly part of Nathaniel Heaton's homelot. Bounded east by 
this land, and west by Samuel Mix, was that which his father gave 
him 3 July 1739 ; it was valued at ^130. He disposed of this 
property by piecemeal as follows: in 1767, to J. Fitch, for 18 
shillings, one triangular rod of ground on the west side, coming 
to a point at Chapel St.; in 1769, to N. Callahan, for ^£50, \ acre 
from the west side ; in 1770, to Jacob Heaton ^ acre, for ^30, 
from the west side ; in 1783,* to Pierpoint Edwards for " jQ 3 . 9 . 10 
and costs " (a court-case), a strip from the west side 15^ inches 
wide ; in 1786, to Bradley and Huggins, for ^139. 18.6, a strip 50 
feet wide on the east side; in 1787, to J. Lothrop for "22.18.8 
and costs" (a court-case), a strip 8 feet wide on the west side; 
and by transactions in 1791 and 1792 the residue of fa acre, 38 
feet front by 120 deep, with the dwelling, passed into the posses- 
sion of William Lyon, merchant — cost, ^120. In his old home, 
according to record, Theophilus was still living Dec. 31, 1792, less 
than a year before his demise. 

Theophilus had from his father's estate : the West end or part 
of Heaton Lott ; also Munson Lott so called (about 1% A.); y e 
Second Quarter pasture ; Warner Lott ; Six acre Lott ; Tharp 
Lott ; one Half of bever hill Lott at y e West Side the upper 
meadow ; half s? Deci right in y e undivided Lands ; i of Stony 
hill Lott ; $ Cheshire Lott ; 4 meadow on y e Great Island — viz. 
Southern half — [£ in quality not quantity] ; £ of Land at Water- 
bury ; also a right of ,£179 . 16 . 1 in Lands back of Westfield ; — 
y e whole valued at ^514 ; — Israel 4 and Theoph.* to have, in equal 
proportions, i an A. in y e Great Neck at y e South east Corner of 
s- Dec- Land in s? Neck at y° Landing tree So Called. 

Theophilus is recorded as having made nine purchases of real- 
estate, given six mortgages, and made thirty-two sales. Among 
the latter was one in April 1754 to his brother Captain Israel of land 
" East of y l Rock Called the high rock," on New Haven line, viz., 
one-fourth of that right " Y! did belong unto my Hon d father The- 
ophilus' Munson Dec'!", i.e., 10 acres — the whole 80 acres : another 
in February 1768, a conditional sale of 6 acres to Rev. Naphtali 
Daggett : and 30 Nov. 1750 he conveyed lot No. 75 in Oystershell- 
field as security for ^100 old Tenor (34 oz. 6 dwt. 16 gr. Coined 
silver troy wt. sterling alloy); a witness of this transaction was 
David Wooster (afterward General), who also witnessed a mort- 
gage given by Theophilus' on 4 acres to Roger Sherman, Esq r , 
and J. A. Hillhouse May 5, 1772. 

* The mention of " Chappie Street " in this instrument is the tirst mention of a street by name 
which I observed in the New Haven records. 

826 The Munson Record. 

" My Will is," declared his father, "y l my Negro Dick Shall not 
be accounted amongst y e Moveables, but Shall be to my wife for 
use during her Life, & at her Decease he shall be to my Son The- 
ophilus Munson at y e price of ^ioo old Tenor." "I also give 
Theophilus my Small Anvil" [valued at ^15]. In Major William 
Munson's account-book, we have : 

1784 Sept. 11 Theophilus Munson Dr. To 1 Punch Bowl 1 :o 

To 1 Mug o : 4" 

1786 Oct. 21 Theophilus Munson Dr. 

1 d 

To 21 Coat buttons 1:2; 3 vest do. iA d 

A report on the estate of Daniel Lyman, Esq. 5 Aug. 1789 men- 
tions sixteen persons from whom "bad Debts" are due : there is 
a note of Theophilus for £ 1 . 13 . o ; ten debtors are dead ; four 
are "dead in Law "; and one has " run away to Canada." 

Theophilus* was chosen grand-juryman in Dec. 1745, lister 1748, 
highway surveyor 1750, and at the same time member of " Com- 
mittee to remove Incroachm 1 ? off from the highways," brander of 
horses 1754, 1756 to '83, (29 years,) sealer of weights 1763 to '66, 
sealer of weights and measures 1754 to '61, '77 to '82, '84, '85, '88, 
(21 years.) 

Theophilus 4 was among those who gave reasons for tarrying in 
town 1779 "at the Time s? Town was in the possession of the 
Enemy," "which Reasons appear to the Committee Sufficient to 
Justify their Conduct." Theophilus became a member of the 
North Church* in June 1788 ; his wife Abigail had joined the 
First Church 24 Feb. 1737. A gravestone commemorating both 
Theophilus and Abigail stands against the north wall of the 
Grove St. cemetery ; it bears this epitaph : 

" They who the longest life enjoy 
Have told us with a sigh 
That to be born seems little more 
Than to begin to die." 


Hannah 6 (Theophilus 4 ) b. 17 May 1744; m.\ 2 Oct. 1770 Elijah 
Hills of Glastonbury, a widower. Res. New Haven, app'y. 

* When the First Society was divided by Act of Assembly in 1759, Theophilus 4 was one of 
178 who were to constitute White-Haven Society. A part of the White-Haven Soc. seceded and 
formed the Fair Haven Church in June 1771 ; and the two came together in 1796 as the United 
Society (North Church). Theophilus was among those who were " constituted an ecclesiastical 
society . . by the name of Fair Haven " in Jan. 1774. These seceders were already worship- 
ping " in the new meeting-house," on The Green. 

t The identity of Theophilus' daughter and Hills' wife is conjectural, but the conjecture 
seems free from objection. 

Clan Theophilus*: Theophilus". 827 

Children : 
i. Hannah 6 */. 15 Oct. 1775 at First Ch. 
ii. Loveman 6 bp. 21 Sept. 1777, ib. 
iii. Elijah 8 bp. 16 Jan. 1780, ib. 

Hannah 1 and her husband "publickly owned their baptismal 
Covenant," becoming members of the First Church, New Haven, 
12 May 1771. 

Theophilus 6 (Tlieophilus*) b. 4 Jan. 1747; m. 26 Feb. 1782 Sarah 
wid. of Maj. Jabez Hill* and dau. of Col. John Readf of Redding ; 
he d. 30 March 1795, a. 48)'. 2 m. 27 d.; she d. 14 July 1809, a. 57 y. 
7 m. 17 d. Soldier, farmer, lime-mfr. ; res. Redding, Ct. 

Children : \ 

855. i. Samuel 6 b. 3 Dec. 1783. 

856. ii. Urania Read 6 b. 20 March 1785. 

857. iii. William Henry 6 b. 19 Dec. 1788. 

858. iv. Frederick Augustus 6 b. 27 Nov. 1791. 

Theophilus 5 was a graduate of Yale in 1768. He was admitted 
freeman at New Haven 13 April 1772. During the Revolution- 
ary War he always gave his residence as New Haven. He was 
obviously a member of Col. Glover's Massachusetts Regiment 
1 7 7S _ 76 ; he was a captain, according to Johnston, but previously, 
perhaps, lieutenant, as R. H. Greene finds him Lieut. 14th Regt. 
Continentals 1776. "He was in the field almost constantly," 
Prof. Johnston remarked to me ; " he was at the storming of 
Stony Point — a great feather in an officer's cap." Mrs. McGraw 
writes : " I have heard my father tell my children that he wished 
them never to forget that their great-grandfather served through 
the whole War. My father said he possessed rare musical powers, 
— was called the best singer in the army to which he belonged ; 
Washington used frequently to send for him to sing for him." 
Johnston writes : "Mr. Charles Munson told me at New Haven 
that he recollected his father Dr. /Eneas used to speak of a Theo- 
philus Munson as an officer in the army, who was a good singer." 

* Was promoted to Major of 3d Regt. of Light Horse May 1777. 

t Was a man of public spirit, patriotism and piety, and was rpuch in public life both civil and 
military. For his service in surveying the State he was granted a tract called The Oblong, which 
however lapsed by the statute of limitation. He resided at the " Lonetown Manor." His father 
John graduated at Harvard 1697, preached at Waterbury, Hartford and Stratford, was admitted 
to the bar in 170S, and in 1712 was appointed Queen's Attorney for the Colony. In 1714 he bought 
of the Indians a large tract of land in Lonetown and settled there. In 1722 he removed to Boston 
" and soon became known as the most eminent lawyer in the Colonies." He was several years 
Attorney-General of Mass., and was a member of the Council. 

t All the descendants of Theophilus 4 , so far as I have heard, are Republicans, says Henry'. 

828 The Munson Record. 

Greene states that by vote of Congress Capt. Theophilus was to 
be on half pay after the War. He was brevetted Major at the 
close of the War, and became a member of the Cincinnati. By 
Act of Congress in 1796 his family became entitled to a tract of 
234 acres in Muskingum tp., Ohio, "appropriated for military 
services." Theophilus' career in the Army is treated more par- 
ticularly below. 

We quote Johnston's Yale in the Revolution : 

" Theophilus Munson, Captain, Continental Army. . . Accord- 
ing to the Cincinnati Society records he was commissioned cap- 
tain March 10, 1776, in which case he may have been [undoubtedly 
was] the Theophilus Munson who was captain that year in Col. 
Glover's Massachusetts Regiment, the command that proved so 
serviceable on the retreat from Long Island in crossing the river, 
and again at the crossing of the Delaware before the battle of 
Trenton. He was also at Princeton. Whatever his service, it 
entitled him to recognition, and on January 1, 1777, he was com- 
missioned Captain in the Eighth Connecticut Continental Line 
under Col. Chandler, which fought at the battle of Germantown 
and wintered at Valley Forge. It was also present at Monmouth. 
In 1779 Captain Munson, who commanded the Light Company of 
his regiment, was detached to Col. Meigs' battalion in Wayne's 
Light Infantry Corps, and took part with it in the storming of 
Stony Point on the night of July 15th. He was at the Morris- 
town encampment during the winter of 1779-80. Upon the 
reduction of the regiments, Jan. 1, 1781, he was transferred to 
Col. Butler's Fourth, and on Jan. 1, 1783, to the First, [second,] 
Col. Swift's, with which he retired from service in the fall [June]." 
Elsewhere the book states that Munson was " in the thick of this 
attack " — upon Stony Point, which it describes as a rugged 
promontory jutting into the Hudson at the southern bend of 
Haverstraw Bay. 

" Record of Connecticut Men in the Revolution " is more 
specific. The Eight Regiment "Conn. Line" went into the field 
at Camp Peekskill, spring of '77 ; fought at Germantown Oct. 4, 
'77 ; assigned to Varnum's Brigade Oct. 16. A detachment from 
the regt. with one from Durkee's continued the stubborn defence 
of Ft. Mifflin, Mud Island, Penn., Nov. 12-16, '77. Wintered at 
Valley Forge, '77-78, and on June 28th following present at battle 
of Monmouth. Encamped during the summer at White Plains 
with Huntington's Brigade. Wintered '78-79 at Redding, Ct. 
In summer of '79, on the Hudson, east side ; "its Light Company 
under Capt. Munson detached to Meigs' Light Regt. and engaged 

Clan Theophilus': Theophilus*. 829 

in storming of Stony Point, July 15, '79." Wintered '79-80 at 
Morristown huts. Summer of '80 with main army on the Hud- 
son. Wintered '8o-'8i at Camp "Connecticut Village," above 
Robinson's House. 

Gen. Wayne's corps of light troops was organized in July to 
attempt the capture of Stony Point, which the enemy had occu- 
pied since May ; it " was composed of picked men from all the 
regiments then under Washington's immediate command " ; 
Meigs' Conn. Regt. numbered 400 men. In the assault, which 
occurred at midnight, July 15, '79, the Conn. Regt. formed part of 
Wayne's right column. " The brilliant exploit had an inspiring 
effect upon the American Army." 

The Fourth Regt. "Conn. Line" (which served Jan. '81-Jan. 
'83) marched from " Connecticut village " to Peekskill in June '81 ; 
was in order of battle, at Camp Phillipsburg, near Dobb's Ferry, 
in July ; Washington marched Aug. 19 with a part of his army 
towards Yorktown, while a part remained under Gen. Heath to 
hold the Highlands. Ten Conn, light companies went with Wash- 
ington, five in Gimat's regt., three in Scammell's regt., and two in 
Alexander Hamilton's battalion ; all formed a part of Lafayette's 
Light Division which held the right of the besieging line before 
Yorktown. Whether Capt. Theophilus was with Washington, or 
remained with Heath, does not appear. His grandson, William", 
however, states that he served under Lafayette. The winter 
quarters, '8i-'82, were in the Highlands: "as usual, officers and 
men received furloughs during this winter." In Aug. 1782, the 
troops were moved down the river to Verplanck's Point ; in 
October they crossed the river and proceeded by way of West 
Point up to Newburgh. 

The Second Regt. "Conn. Line," the result of consolidation 
Jan. 1, 1783 — the third re-organization since '77, — remained in 
camp at West Point and vicinity until early in June, when by 
Washington's orders it was disbanded with the greater portion of 
the army. 

Captain Theophilus* probably became acquainted with his future 
wife while he was in winter quarters at Redding. The Captain 
after marriage first appears as a resident of Weston which adjoins 
Redding on the south ; he was there 10 May 1788, where he may 
have lived the previous half dozen years. Sarah's home with her 
former husband was in Weston. Munson was already a citizen of 
Redding 29 Nov. 1788. His home in that town was about a mile 
and a quarter north of the village and was a short distance north- 
westerly of the " Lonetown Manor," the residence of the Reads. 

830 The Mtinson Record. 

The Munson homestead of 70 acres was conveyed by widow Sarah 
to her daughter Sarah and son-in-law Timothy Piatt, was after- 
ward occupied by their children, and then passed into the hands 
of the present owner Henry Adams. After her husband's death 
Mrs. Munson returned to Weston where she was already living 15 
March 1797. 

The wife of Theophilus' in 1788 bought a homestead of 70 acres, 
including " dwelling-house, barn and fruit trees," bounded north- 
erly on Danbury south line, easterly on the road leading from 
Redding to Danbury, and southerly on a cross road ; also 100 acres 
some distance westerly of the former purchase, "at a place called 
the lime kills." The Farmer's Journal of June 10, 1790, and the 
seven following weeks, had this advertisement :* 







June 10 13 tf. 

The widow in 1797 leased the " lime kiln farm " (100 acres) to 
her son John R. Hill of Weston "for the purpose of plowing and 
pasturing : also to have the liberty to erect a lime kiln or kilns on 
said land and to burn as much stone lime as to him seems best," — ■ 
and to cut wood and timber, etc. This farm is now owned by John 
Todd. There were purchases by Theophilus, in Nov. 1788, of four 
acres and six acres. 

Major Munson was chosen a surveyor of highways in Dec. 1789, 
and likewise a member of the " Committee to remove encroach- 
ments." In 1790 he was again chosen surveyor of highways, and 
also a grand-juror. In Dec. 1792 he was elected school-committee. 

* Copy supplied by Myron R. Sanford. The F. J. was published in Danbury " near the court 
house," later " near the meeting house." 

Clan Theophilus': Samuel'. 831 

While the widow Sarah's estate was appraised in 1809 at $2076, 
which was reduced by debts and charges to the extent of only 
$169, the estate of the Major was appraised at about ,£216, which 
was exceeded by claims. The inventory included 3 volumes of 
music, 10 Latin books, natural philosophy, astronomical lectures; 
p! silk stockings, p' shoe buckles, gold buttons, small sword ; 
pewter platters, chaffing dish, warming pan ; side-saddle, man's 
saddle ; colt, cow, yoke of oxen ; 5 acres of rye on the ground ; 
"the new Lands he was entitled to for his service in the late War, 
jQii.o.o" ;* and "forty-eight Dollars from the Funds of the Cin- 
nati Society." 

The Will of Mrs. Sarah Munson states that her three Hill chil- 
dren have already had their share of her property, " or near it ", 
and devises the rest of her estate, save $52, to the four Munson 
children, "to be equally divided among them"; only Urania was 
to have "all my Household Furniture." The instrument ends 
thus amiably : "As a concluding Legacy and the last words of an 
affectionate Parent, I recommend to all my loving Children to 
cultivate harmony among themselves, love to God, and peace with 
all mankind." 

Samuel" (Theophilus 5 , Theophilus') b. 3 Dec. 1783 ; m. abt. 1812 
Huldah Warren ; she d. 1855 ; he d. 1858 in Avon. Cabinet- 
maker, farmer; res. Hartford, Ct., Amenia, Avon, N. Y. 

Child : 
859. Altheana' b. Sept. 1816 in Amenia. 

About 1810, some fifteen years after his father's death, Samuel" 
was appointed (supplementary) administrator on his father's estate, 
— apparently to qualify him to receive for the estate the funds due 
from the Cincinnati Society; at that time he was a resident of 
Hartford. A receipt given to the Cincinnati Society was dated 
14 June 1810. 

Samuel afterward lived in Amenia, N.Y., where Rev. Aaron S. 
Hillf saw him 1828-30 ; his place was in The Oblong, south part 
of Amenia. At the age of fifty he removed to Avon, N. Y., and 
became a farmer. His farm there at length passed into the pos- 
session of his son-in-law. Henry' Munson deems it a Munson 
trait to be reticent and whist, agreeably to which he informs me, 

* " Government bounty land," for which his widow applied in 1804. 

tSon of John R. Hill and grandson of Sarah Read Munson; he was living at New Haven 

832 The Munson Record. 

that his uncle Samuel" after digging potatoes all the forenoon in 
silence, would remark — " Well, I guess it is time to go to dinner." 
Samuel" and Huldah his wife conveyed to Frederick A." 8 Dec. 
1843 for $500 his one-third interest in three-fourths of the tract of 
land in Muskingum, O., appropriated by Government to the heirs 
of Major Theophilus. 

Urania R." (Theophilus, 5 Theophilus') b. 24 March 1785 ; m. 
8 April 1807 David Hoyt b. 4 May 1781, a saddler and harness- 
maker ; he dec; she d. 31 Dec. 1822. Res. Redding, Ct., Amenia, 
N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Angeline 1 b. 10 Sept. 1808 ; m. 25 Feb. 1S33 Ephraim Howard 
Chamberlain ; he d. 1854, a. 48 ; she d. 21 Sept. 1865* ; res. Mab- 
bitsville, Amenia, N. Y.; 2 ch. — (1) Horace E. 8 b. abt. Aug. 1834, 
m. unc. April 1859, res. Denver, Col. (has had 4 sons, Guy 9 '60, 
Jud 9 '62, Roe 9 unc. '68, Ray 9 '73 — G., R., and R. raising small 
fruits and vegetables i\ m. from Denver, Col.), (2) Urania 8 b. 2 
Jan. 1850 at Mabbittsville, m. 26 June 18S9 John M. Vangorden, 
res. Breeseport, N.Y. According to a Muskingum County record 
Ephraim H. Chamberlain and Sarah H. his wife of Washington, 
Dutchess Co., N. Y. 7 Aug. 1S43 conveyed to William H. 6 Mun- 
son for $195 a one-sixth interest in the undivided 234 acre bounty 
tract at Muskingum. 
ii. Ulilla Read' b. 19 Oct. 1810 ; m. 27 June 1839 Guy Tracy b. 14 Oct. 
1S05 ; he d. 19 March 1S67 ; she d. 17 Feb. 1887 at Elmira, N.Y.; 
res. Milan, Pa.; 3 ch. — (1) Helen Angeline 8 b. 5 July 1843, unm., 
res. with Charles L. 8 , (2) Charles - 

Lockwood 8 b. 30 Jan. 1845, m. 28 /fj/^ /^J^/^^^ 
Sept. 1869 Eliza Frances dau. of &W^^7^''' f ' : (/ 
Judson Holcomb of Towanda, I 1 

boot and shoe mfr. , bank presi- 
dent, res. Towanda, Pa. (has had Ulilla H. : ' '70, Clara M 9 '72, 
Son '74, d , Charles H. 9 '75, Fannie L. 9 '79), (3) Walter Guy 9 b. 6 
July 1S49 at Milan, m. 31 May 1871 Harriet A. Bartlett, insur- 
ance, res. Towanda (has had Franklin A. 9 '72, d. , Edwin T. 9 '74. 
d., Helen T. 9 '77. Walter H. 9 '80, Mary B. 9 '85). Ulilla 7 and Guy 
iS Aug. 1S43 for $195 conveyed to William H. 5 Munson their 
interest in the above-mentioned " undivided tract belonging to 
certain heirs of Theophilus 5 Munson." 

Hoyt's shop was at The Centre, in a building now owned by 
Dr. Wakeman. He did not prove very meritorious — wandered 
about — did not provide well ; John R. Hill helped the family. 
Urania", after the death of her husband and the removal to Amenia 

* At Towanda ; for a time she was in Utica and Brattleboro Insane Asylums. 

Clan Theophilus-: William H." 833 

apparently, spent a winter with her half-brother John R.; she had 
the dropsy. Ulilla' was with her, and the winter after, Rev. 
A. S. Hill thinks, Angeline' spent some time at her uncle's. The 
daughters are said to have been beautiful girls, and sweet singers. 
They were converted young. Rev. Morris Hill* describes Ulilla 
as having light hair and complexion, and as being very amiable ; 
he thinks that Angeline had dark hair. 


William H.° (Theophilus 6 , Theophilus 4 ) b. 19 Dec. 1788 ; m. 18 
May 1812 Electa Swift Rowe b. 6 March 1783 ; she d. 18 Sept. 
1863 ; he d. 12 May 1870. Cabinet-maker, farmer ; res. Sharon, 
Ct, Amenia, Homer, N. Y., Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Children : 
i. John Rowe 1 b. 2 April 1813 ; unm.; d. 17 June 1850; farmer; res. 
Homer, N. Y. When the steamer "Griffith" was burned on 
Lake Erie, near the mouth of Chagrin river, the passengers 
jumped into the lake to escape burning ; one of these was John 
R. Munson. This drowned man's body floated ashore, and his 
name was found marked on his shirt-bosom. One hundred $1.00 
bills were found on his person. Friends came and took the body 

860. ii. Elizabeth Young 1 b. 2 April 1816. 

861. iii. William Young 1 b. 17 Sept. 1823 in Sharon. 

iv. Frederick Augustus 1 b. 25 Aug. 1825 ; m. 10 Oct. 1S60 Helen Hurd; 
she d. 3 March 1865; res. Ann Arbor, Mich.; 1 ch. — Edith 
Electa 8 b. 10 Sept. i86r, lives with her father. 

In 1884 Stephen Adams of Redding, Ct., aged 92, remarked to 
the author : " Bill" used to draw me on a hand-sled ; I was crippled 
in my feet." He added that William" was older than the brother 
who learned the tailor's trade. William", with some of his family, 
visited at the home of his half-brother John R. Hill in the winter 
of 1818-19, Morris Hill thinks. 

Mr. Adams does not remember that either of the Munson broth- 
ers settled in Redding. Rev. A. S. Hill remembers that William 
was living in Amenia, at The Corners, 1828-30; he owned a little 
water-power there. 

William, having purchased of Urania's heirs their right in the 
tract of bounty land, sold his two-thirds right in the undivided ^ 
of the tract, in May 1844, to Jacob Lane; Munson's residence at 

• Son of John R. 

t We are Indebted tor particulars to Mrs. C. C. Bronson. 

834 The Munson Record. 

that period was Homer, N. Y. Henry 7 thinks that his uncle 
removed to Ann Arbor about 1864 ; he died there. 

" My father," writes Frederick A.', " was rather silent in regard 
to his history, though he thought very much of his eastern friends 
and associations, I know." 


Frederick A. 6 (Theophilus 6 , Theophilus') b. 27 Nov. 1791; m. 
Harriet Gardner b. 31 Dec. 1804; he d. 26 Oct. 1855. Tailor, 
farmer; Rep.; res. Auburn, N. Y., Middlebury, Muskingum, O. 

Children : 

862. i. William 1 b. 14 Aug. 1823 in Auburn. 

863. ii. Sarah Mead' b. Nov. 1825 in Auburn. 

864. iii. Henry' b. 19 Aug. 1828 in Middlebury. 

iv. Louisa' b. 3 May 1831 in Muskingum ; m. 11 Feb. 1850 George 
Blunt, a farmer; res. West Union, Fayette Co., O.; 6 ch. — (1) 
Ozelie 8 , dec, (2) James Henry 6 , (3) Jesse 8 , (4) John 8 , (5) Amelia", 
(6) Adelia 8 (twin). 

v. Theophilus' b. 21 April 1833 in Muskingum ; m. Cordelia Beatty 
(pron. Ba-); farmer; Rep.; res. Horine, Jeff. Co., Mo.; 2 ch. — 
Ella 8 and Ida*. 

865. vi. Harriet Ellen' b. 21 Aug. 1835 in Muskingum. 

866. vii. Augustus Young' b. 10 May 1838. 

Frederick A. c when nine or ten years old was "bound" to his 
uncle Morris Read ; after that date he attended only a night- 
school. He is said to have been a great reader, and to have 
acquired a good store of historical knowledge. Stephen Adams 
thinks he learned the tailor's trade in Hartford or New Haven. 
At the time of his marriage he was living in Auburn ; he removed 
to Middlebury about 1825 ; and in 1830 he removed to Muskin- 
gum, where he rented a house until he could build. He followed 
his trade exclusively until he settled in the latter place, after 
which (for twenty years) it was combined with farming. 

It appears that Frederick A.* took possession of his one-fourth 
of the tract of military bounty land a dozen years or more before 
the other three-fourths was divided; to this farm of 78 acres he 
added 8 Dec. 1843 his brother Samuel's portion of the tract at a 
cost of $500 ; and Sept. 24, 1844 he sold 100 acres of his territory 
to Jacob Lane for $1200. His homestead is occupied by his son 

We have a glimpse of Frederick's quality in a letter which he 
wrote his brother Samuel in 1837 ; I quote from his own free and 
neat handwriting : " There is something sublime in the idea that 

Clan Theophilus*: Elizabeth Y. 1 835 

you are breaking the soil which has been forming since Creation. 
There is pleasure in the reflection that you have reduced the wil- 
derness to cultivated fields : that where once stood majestic trees, 
now stand the peach, apple, plum and pear tree ; and where once 
roamed the wolf, the bear, and the panther, now feed quietly the 
calf, the sheep, and the lamb." 


Altheana 7 (Samuel*, Theophilus 6 , Theophilus 4 ) b. Sept. 1816 ; 
m. Jan. 1838 John Rogers of Colchester, Ct, farmer, insurance 
agent. Res. Avon, N. Y., she (1893) LeRoy, N. Y. 

Children, b. in A. : 

i. Sarah M. 8 b. Nov. 1838; m. 1859 Dr - M - B - Eaton; 1 ch.; res. 

ii. S. Warren 8 b. July 1840 ; m. 1867 Josephine C. Shank ; druggist ; 

3 ch. living; res. Union Springs, N. Y. 
Hi. Lewis H. 8 b. 12 Oct. 1842 ; m. 1871 Margaret C. Waugh ; no ch.; 

farmer, "planter of large trees," Buffalo, N. Y. 
iv. George B. 8 b. Aug. 1844; m. 1868 Helen E. McKenzie ; 7 ch.; 

farmer; res. Avon, 
v. Mary U. 8 b. April 1848 ; unm.; d. Oct. 1889. 
vi. Alice H. 8 b. July 1856 ; m. 1880 Otto C. Butz, a lawyer; 3 ch.; res. 

Chicago, 111. 
vii. Hattie E. 8 b. Nov. 1859; '"■ 1887 Rev. M. D. Shumway; no ch.; 

res. LeRoy, N. Y. 


Elizabeth Y.' (William H. 6 , Theophilus 6 , Theophilus 4 ) b. 2 April 
1816 ; m. 21 Feb. 1844 Marcus McGraw of McGrawville, N. Y. 
She res. (1885) Duluth, Minn. 

Children : 
i. Henry Munson 8 b. 12 March 1845 ; d. 5 Oct. 1847. 
ii. Helen 8 b. 21 Dec. 1848; </. 5 April 1850. 
Hi. Mary Frances 8 b. 17 May 1852 ; m. 28 Nov. 1877 Arnold Wm. 

Eschenburg, a lawyer; res. Chicago ; 3 ch. — Betty 9 , Ida', and 

Frances 9 . Mr. Butz, partner of A. W. E., married Alice H. 8 dau. 

of Altheana 1 Rogers and granddaughter of Samuel 6 Munson. 
iv. Ida Margaret 8 b. 16 Feb. 1854; m. 18 June 1872 Milton Sheldon 

Stewart, a lawyer; res. Duluth, Minn.; 4 ch.— Lorena 9 , Mary 9 , 

Robert 9 , and Milton 9 . 

Among the author's new Munson acquaintances, Mrs. McGraw 
is one of the most cultivated and most £, ^ .. ~ 

estimable. Such add peculiar lustre < -^' ** cs#y c^-A-e-?- 
to the name. 

836 The Munson Record. 

William Y. ; (William H. 6 , Theophilus 6 , Theophilus') b. 27 Sept. 
1823 ; m. 27 Nov. 1862 Sarah A. daughter of R. R. Rowen, b. in 
N. Y. C. 14 July 1840; he d. 23 April 1882. Farmer; Rep.; Episc; 
res. Howell, Mich., she (c. 1887) Detroit, Mich. 

Children : 
i. John Henry 8 b. 6 July 1864 in Ann Arbor, Mich.; draughtsman; 
Rep.; Episc; res. Chicago, 111. Graduate Chicago Mechanics' 
ii. Alfred Young 3 b. 24 March 1869 in Ann Arbor; res. Pratt, Pratt 

Co., Kan. 
iii. Guy Rowen 8 b. 24 April 1871 in Howell ; res. Hartland Centre, 


William' (Frederick A. 6 , Theophilus 5 , Theophilus 4 ) b. 14 Aug. 
1823 ; in. 5 Nov. 1846 Cynthia dau. of Isaac Trembley of Dresden, 
O., b. 2 Feb. 1826 in Oneida Co., N. Y.; 8 ch.; she d. 15 Nov. 1874 ; 
m. (2nd) Feb. 1879 Mrs. Sarah A. Smith of Newark, O.; no ch. 
Farmer; Rep.; res. Clinton, Mo. 
Children : 

i. Nannie A. 8 b. 25 Sept. 1847 in Dresden, O.; m. 1 Sept. 1886 Wm. 

E. Chambers of Ottumwa, where she was a teacher ; he d. 10 

Sept. 1890 ; res. Ottumwa, la.; 1 ch. — Stewart Munson 9 ^. 9 Dec. 

1887 at O. 
ii. Samuel W. 8 b. 24 Dec. 1849 in Green Co., Wis.; farmer ; Rep.; res. 

Clinton, Mo. 
iii. Frederic T. e b. 18 Aug. 1852, ib.; insurance; Rep.; res. Clinton, 
iv. Lucy L. 8 b. 15 Nov. 1855, ib.; Rep.; res. Clinton, 
v. Eurania B. 8 b. 10 March 1858, ib.; m. March 1887 Wm. J. Milligan 

of K. C; she was a teacher at Ottumwa, and a Rep.; 2 ch. — 

(1) Seward W. 9 *. n Oct. 1889, (2) Clarence Carlyle 9 b. 17 July 

1S91, both at Kansas City, Mo. 
vi. Ida G. 8 b. 5 Dec. 1S61, ib.; Rep.; res. Clinton. 
vii. Charles E. 8 b. 24 July 1863, ib.; Rep.; res. Clinton, 
viii. Edgar C. 8 b. 28 Oct. 1866 in Coles Co., 111.; res. Clinton. 

William 7 has been judge of the county court. 


Sarah M. 7 (Frederick A.", Theophilus 6 , Theophilus') b. Nov. 
1825; m. Jesse Lane; he d. of consumption; she d. Sept. 1883. 
Res. Muskingum, O. 

Children : 

i. Lucinda 8 , d. of consumption, 
ii. Ira 8 , ib. iii. Jacob 8 , ib. 

iv. Sylvia 8 , ib. v. Infant, ib., a. 3 mo. 

Clan Theophilus* : Henry 1 . 837 

vi. Harriet 8 , m. James McGee ; res. Muskingum ; 3 ch. — Florence 9 , 

Jesse', and Minnie 9 . 
vii. Henry 8 , m. Minnie Laud in Mo.; no ch.; farmer; res. Clinton, Mo. 

viii. Walter J. 8 , m. abt. 1884 Riley; farmer; res. Muskingum. 

ix. Millard M. s , res. Dresden, O. 

Henry 7 (Frederick A.", Theophilus 1 , Theophilus*) b. 19 Aug. 
1828; m. 30 Dec. 1852 Martha Harris of Muskingum. Farmer; 
Rep.; res. Muskingum. 

Children : 
i. Althea 8 b. 29 Dec. 1853 ; m. 20 March 1S73 Lewis Henry Lane, a 
farmer and Dem.; res. Muskingum ; 3 ch. — (1) Martha Myrtilla 9 
b. 29 July 1875, (2) Lulu Glenn 9 b. 16 Jan. 1877, (3) Monnie Hal- 
lene 9 b. 28 July 1880. 
ii. Eva Ellen 8 *. 28 Oct. 1861 ; d. 6 Nov. 1861. 

After an interesting and fruitful interview with Henry, Dec. 6, 
1884, the author, failing to find a train which he had expected to 
employ, walked to some unknown point through one of the dark- 
est and most dismal nights, withal creeping over a very long and 
high and slippery and most dangerous railroad trestle. It was the 
most perilous of his historical exploits. 


Harriet E. 7 (Frederick A. 6 , Theophilus 5 , Theophilus 1 ) b. 21 Aug. 
1835 ; ;;;. Feb. 1857 Andrew J. Wolfe ; he d. Aug. 1861 ; ///. (2nd) 
Aug. 1870 Edward \V. Rouse, a farmer. Res. Mattoon (P. O., 
Gays), Moultrie Co., 111. 

Children : 
i. Frederic Augustus Munson 8 b. March 1858; d. 1 Feb. 1890; res. 

M'Cutchenville, Wyandot Co., O. 
ii. Son, d. y. 

iii. John E. 8 b. May 1871 ; graduated in the four years course at the 
State Normal in Warrensburg, Mo., and is now (1893) attending 
■ Lincoln University, 111. 

Augustus Y. 7 (Frederick A.", Theophilus 5 , Theophilus') b. 10 
May 1838 ; m. Martha Tatham (pron. Ta-tum). Farmer ; res. 
Green Valley, Tazewell Co., 111. 

Children : 
i. Miles". ii. Charles 8 , 
iii. Jennie 8 , in. Walker; no ch.; res. Mattoon (P. O., Gays), Moultrie 

Co., 111. 
iv. Henry 8 . v. Frederick 8 . vi. Son, d. y. 

838 The Munson Record. 

Clan Abel/ 

Joseph*, Samuel*, Thomas*. 

Abel 4 b. 10 Jan. 1701 ; m. ("by Captt hall") 7 Nov. 1728 Sarah 
Peck; she d. 22 Sept. 1775, a. 63; he d. 13 Feb. 1779. Farmer; 
Cong.; res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : 

Mehetabel 6 (Mabel) b. 2 June 1730. 

Mary 5 b. 2 May 1732. 

Titus 5 b. 5 July 1734. 

Lud 5 b. 5 May 1736. 

Levi 5 b. 29 Aug. 1738. 

Sarah 5 b. 6 Sept. 1740 ; m. 11 Oct. 1759 her 2nd cousin Solomon 5 
Munson (son of Waitstill), Q^** which see. 

Nathaniel 5 b. 20 Oct. 1742. 

Abigail 5 b. 2 Sept. 1744 ; m. 22 Jan. 1767 Moses 6 Munson (son of 
Reuben), ISf which see. 
ix. Margery 5 b. 3 Nov. 1746 ; m. Charles Culver ; settled in Walling- 
ford ; had one dau. 
x. Lydia 5 b. 1 Oct. 1748 ; d. 6 Jan. 1748/9. 

xi. Abel 5 b. 3 Jan. 1749-50 ; m.; he d. in the Revolutionary Army 21 
Dec. 1778 ; had 1 ch. — Jerusha 6 , who is mentioned in her grand- 
father Abel's Will. 

873. xii. Joseph 5 b. 16 Nov. 1751. 

xiii. Lydia 5 b. 12 Oct. 1753 ; bp. 2 Dec. 1753 at Northford ; m. Erwin 
Ives ; he d. in Wallingford. 

874. xiv. Adah 5 bp. 19 Nov. 1758 at Northford. 

Abel's 4 residence was southeastwardly from Wallingford village, 
two or three miles, on or near Muddy River, and within the parish 
of Northford, where he assisted in found- -^ / 

ing the church. Most of his land is ///(jjt[, , yrtc-L>t^^^t 
described as situate near Peck's Mill,* 

and some as lying between Cook's Rock and Muddy River. The 
southwest part of his farm was " against the path that comes from 
Dea. Merriman Munson's dwelling-house " : the Deacon lived 
about seven-eighths of a mile northerly from Branford line, and 
perhaps 20 rods east of Muddy River. A tract of four acres, " a 

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* Peck's Mills, according to C. H. Munson, have been succeeded by Tyler's Mills ; " the grist- 
mill has been disused for some years ; the sawmill has been in use until a little more than a year 
ago " (now Mch., '93). This historic mill-site was % of a mile N. of Branford line, and 3 m. from 
Wall, village (bee-line) ; Dea. Merriman Munson's was about \ m. southwesterly. 
















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Clan Abel": Himself. 839 

little south from Peck's Mill," was bounded N. on Abel ; and a 
piece bought by Moses 4 , northeastward from his homestead (1742), 
was bounded S. on Abel. 

At the age of twenty-five, nearly three years before his marriage, 
Abel 4 purchased 31 acres on the east side of Muddy River near the 
sawmill ; date 12 Jan. 1726. (In the distribution of his father's 
estate, reported 1 Jan. 172^6, he as the eldest son received a double 
share, *. e., ,£103 ..6.. 1 ; and in the division of the widow's dower, 
reported 1764, he had £41 ..4.. 2.) From his father's estate (1727) 
he received "Land at Muddy River" valued at ^63 .. 10.. 3. He 
received, Jan. 1734/5, 3^ acres of 7th Division land, "on his 
Grandfather Munsons and Grandfather Hitchcock right"; "it 
lieth West of Muddy river." He purchased, 1735, 5i acres on the 
" East side of the town between Cook's rock and Muddy river," 
bounded E. on Muddy River. He paid £70 in 1737 for 6£ acres 
on Muddy River, " which is on y e south side of the land." In 
April 1740 he bought 4 acres on the east side of Muddy River, 
" neare a saw mill and corn mill." He bought 3^ acres on the 
" east side of the town," bounded W. on Moses 4 , in the 14th year 
of George II. He made another purchase east of Muddy River, 
near the mill, in 1742. His son Lud 6 sold him 12 acres at "the 
pine Swamp" in 1779. We should add that in January 1740 he 
bought of S. Gaylord 46 acres 94 rods in Goshen, Ct., " bounded 
all round upon undivided Land." 

Only five sales of real-estate are on Wallingford records : one 
comprised " four acres of land lying on the east side Muddy river 
near a saw mill and corn mill," dated 17 June 1728 ; and another 
in 1767 consisted of the "southwest side of my Farm — against the 
path that comes from Dea. Merriman 4 Munsons dwelling house." 

Abel's interest in animals appears in the Wallingford records : 
— "february y e 21, 1727 — exchanged by benjamine hitchcook of 
Wallingford with Abel Munson of sd Wallingford a white hors 
eight year old — branded F : B : on the left sholder the neere foot 
black for a sorrell mare eight year old branded "y on the left 
sholder : a white down the face : the hind feet white sd Munson 

gives five pound to boot." " Feb. 5 1 730/1 Then sold by Caleb 

Cooper at North haven to Abel Munson at Wallingford a black 
mare about 9 years old branded H one the left sholder and C on 
the pilyon plase { on the left thy Sold for a thousand foot at . . 

white wood and thirty shillings money." " There is in y e custody 

of Abel Munson a red ox about eight years old marked," etc.; 14 
Sept. 1738. 

840 The Munson Record. 

The Town 7 Jan. 1735 agitated the matter of ejecting intruders 
from " the un layed out lands called sequestered, town farm, high 
ways, &c." ; in a vote of 274, there were 125 " decenters," includ- 
ing Abel 4 , Joseph', Caleb', junr., and Caleb 3 . Abel' and others, 
May 1762, and again May 1763, complained to the Assembly of 
"fraud in a certain bargain of lands said originally to belong to 
one Metoxen, an Indian native." In Dec. 1742 Abel 4 was chosen 
a lister; in 1743 and 1755 a grand-juror; in 1747 a highway- 
surveyor ; in Jan. 1766 one of a committee on the care of the poor. 

At the institution of the Northford Church 17 June 1750, Abel 
was one of the 18 male members.* His wife Sarah was admitted 
by certificate from another church July r, 1750. In the church- 
record of his death, he has the title of " Sergt." 

His granddaughter Sarah (Munson) Nash testifies that his son 
Joseph* remained on the homestead and took care of his parents 
as long as they lived. Abel's Will was dated 21 Dec. 1778 ; Dea. 
Merriman Munson and Samuel Munson, Jr., were witnesses ; 
inventory ^1226. 


Mabel 6 (Abel 4 ) b. 2 June 1730 ; ;//. at Wallingford (by Rev. 
Samuel Whittlesey) 29 Aug. 1750 Dan, first son of Philipf Pond 
of Branford, b. at B. 4 March 1726 ; he d. 27 May 1783 ; she d. 8 
Jan. 1793. Res. Branford, Ct, Stockbridge, Ms., Poultney, Vt. 

Children : \ 
i. Dan 6 b. 22 April 1751 in Branford ; m. Esther Ward b. 17 Feb. 1755 ; 

she d. 18 Nov. 182S ; he d. 7 Feb. 1838 ; res. Shoreham, Vt. ; 5 ch., 

of whom the youngest, Monson 7 , was born 27 May 1787. 
ii. Philip 6 , unm.; was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, — taken 

prisoner, conducted to Halifax, attacked by yellow fever and died 

iii. Abel 6 b. 27 Oct. 1753 ; m. Eunice Curtis ; 10 ch.; m. (2nd) Jerusha 

Barnes b. 27 May 1768 ; 4 ch.; settled in Lenox, Ms., but in May 

1782 removed to Poultney, Vt.; was a Revolutionary Soldier, 
iv. Rebecca 6 b. 1755 ; m. George Leonard, an Englishman, and a soldier 

in the Revolutionary War. 
v. Josiah 6 b. 20 Dec. 1756 ; m. Lydia Belden of Lenox b. 1 Jan. 1757 ; 

3 ch.; she d. 25 Jan. 1789; m. (2nd) Olive Merrells b. 2 April 

1771 ; 8 ch.; she d. 2 May 1831 ; he d. 3 Aug. 1842 ; farmer ; a 

Revolutionary Soldier ; res. Shoreham, Vt. 

* In May 1746, Abel 4 Munson, Merriman 4 Munson, and seven others, agreeably to request, 
were detached by Assembly from the First Society in Wallingford, and annexed to the " 3d society 
in Branford." 

t Lineage — Samuel, Samuel, Samuel. 

X The account of these is nearly all gathered from the Pond Genealogy. 

Clan Abel': Mabel 1 . 841 

vi. Phineas 6 b. May 1758; m. Rhoda Wood; 9 ch.; she d. 24 Sept. 

1818 ; he d. April 1S46 ; a Rev. Soldier seven years, 
vii. Silas 6 *. 1759; in. Lucinda Lee *. 27 June 1764; 6 ch.; she d. 13 

Nov. 1814; herf. 17 Nov. 1827 at Panton, Vt.; was a Rev. Soldier, 
viii. Nathaniel 6 *. 1760; m. Polly Landers; 9 ch.; he ./. 16 July 1835 ; 

she d. 11 June 1S49. 
ix. Jared 6 b, 27 Jan. 1762 ; m. Esther Merrill of Addison, Vt.; 1 ch. ; m. 

(2nd) in 1800 Wid. Mary Halsted *. 1 Jan. 1769 at Fishkill, N. Y.; 

5 ch.; she d. 30 Nov. 1S54 ; he d. 12 Aug. 1817 ; merchant ; justice 
of the peace, captain of militia, volunteer at Battle of Plattsburgh, 

x. William 6 b. 2 Sept. 1763 ; m. Ruth Wood (sister of Rhoda, above) b. 

Feb. 1763 ; 8 ch.; he d. 5 July 1838 ; she d. 17 Dec. 1844 ; a Rev. 

xi. Asahel 8 b. 10 Jan. 1765 ; m. 9 Dec. 1792 Lovisa Ward of Poultney b. 

25 Jan. 1772 ; 11 ch., of whom the first, Munson 1 , was born 4 Nov. 

1793; he d. 12 Oct. 1830; she d. 27 May 1858; "a splendid 

farmer" ; major of militia, representative in Legislature, 
xii. Ira 6 b. to Nov. 1766 ; m. 22 Feb. 1S02 Olive Bateman b. 22 Nov. 

1774; she d. 6 June 1S14 ; m. (2nd) 9 Jan. 1815 Wid. Wealthy 

Douglass b. 31 May 1785 ; she d. 30 Dec. 1864 ; he d. 11 March 

1837 ; " a very powerful man " ; 7 ch. 
xiii. Benjamin 6 b. 1768 ; m. Abigail dau. of Thomas Ashley of Poultney ; 

6 ch.; he d. 6 Oct. 1814 ; she (/.at Middlebury, O.; judge of court, 
representative in N. Y. Legislature, Member of Congress; res. 
Schroon, Essex Co., N. Y. He was M. C. at the declaration of 
war in 1812, and was a volunteer in the Battle of Plattsburgh at 
which he contracted " camp-fever" of which he died. He was 
serving his second term as congressman. 

xiv. Thankful 6 b. 25 Sept. 1770 ; m. Zebulon Ashley ; removed from 
Poultney, Vt., to Middlebury, O. 

xv. Monson 8 b. 18 Sept. 1772 at Stockbridge, Ms.; /«. June 1796 Anna 
Allen of Middlebury, Vt.; 2 ch.; she d. April 1799; '«. (2nd) in 
1800 Ruth Bateman of Shoreman b, 16 May 1779 in Lenox ; 2 ch., 
of whom the second was Monson'*. 16 May 1S11 at Bridport, 
Vt.; she d. 8 Oct. 1S44 at Peru, O.; a very active business man; 
he settled at Bridport, Vt. — removed soon after the War of 1812 
to Middlebury, O., settling on Owl Creek — removed to Peru, O., 
where he built a flouring-mill. His dau. Elvira : m. Keith and 
had Munson Pond* *. 1S25, d. 1826, and Munson Pond" *. 1S44, 
d. 1S45. 

Mabel 6 and her sister Mary' received their portions at marriage, 
according to the Will of their father Abel. Mabel and Dan lived 
in Stockbridge, Ms., at the birth of their youngest son, but soon 
removed to Poultney. They settled on a hill in the eastern part 
of the town, known as Pond Hill to this day. Mabel's life was 
ended by a cancer which entirely consumed her tongue. Two of 
her children were buried in Poultney where they originally settled, 

842 The Munson Record. 

three in Shoreham, one in Panton, one in Bason Harbor, Vt., one 
in Schroon, one in Tioga Co., Pa., two in Crawford Co., Pa., and 
one in Ogle Co., 111. 

Mary 5 (Abel 4 ) b. 2 May 1732 ; m. 20 June* 1751 Timothy second 
son of Philip Pond of Branford, b. 1730; she d. 16 Jan. 1763. 
Res. Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : f 
i. Bartholomew 6 *. 7 June 1754; m. Elizabeth Dunbar*. 1761 ; 7 ch.; 
she d. 8 Nov. 1839, ce. 78 ; he d. 31 March 1850, a. 95 y. 8 m.; was 
Rev. Soldier; he moved to Whitestown, N. Y., and thence to 
Camden, N. Y. 

ii. Barnabas 6 b. 29 Oct. 1755 ; m. Thankful dau. of Moses Foote of 
Waterbury, b. 30 June 1762 ; 5 ch.; he d. 9 May 1814 ; she d. 8 
Oct. 1S14 ; farmer; moved to Whitestown, N. Y. He was a 
major in the Revolutionary War. It is related that when La 
Fayette was the guest of the nation at Utica, he discerned Barna- 
bas, and pointing him out, addressed him as Major Pond ; they 
met and embraced, while " tears of joy coursed down their vener- 
able cheeks." 

Hi. Thankful 6 i. 16 Feb. 1757 ; m. Bronson Foote ; she d. 9 Jan. 1848. 

iv. Timothy* b. 3 Aug. 1758 ; settled at Whitestown, N. Y. ; d. at 
Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., in the War of 1812. 

v. Sary 6 b. 21 Feb. 1760. 

vi. Mary 6 6. S June 1761. 

vii. Munson 6 b. 17 Dec. 1762 ; was brought up by his grandfather Mun- 
son. In the Revolutionary War he is reputed to have killed seven 
of the enemy, but to have had his head cut off by a British 
swordsman, — the Americans in retreating having encountered the 
enemy's light-horse. 

(After the death of Mary s , Timothy had about eight more 
children, the last of whom, Munson, had a son Munson, born in 
1809 at Truxton, N. Y.) 

Timothy Pond as Revolutionary Soldier enlisted 5 May 1775 in 
a Co. of which Benedict Arnold was the first Capt., Wooster's 
Regt. (the First), and was discharged 20 Dec. 1775 ; Regt. served 
at the Siege of Boston. He was chosen lieutenant of a military 
company which was formed at Northbury in Waterbury, Ct., 4 
July 1776. Enlisted in Smith's Co., Chandler's Regt. (Eighth) 3 
March 1777 for term of 3 yrs., and was discharged 31 March 1780 ; 
Regt. fought at Germantown and Monmouth, and wintered at 
Valley Forge. 

* Northford Ch. Rec; June 19, Waterbury Town Rec. 

t Records of births of the first seven children copied from Waterbury records ; nearly all the 
rest of the account is gathered from the Pond Genealogy. 

Clan Abel': Titus\ 843 


Titus 5 (Abel 1 ) b. 5 July 1734; >"■ 22 Sept. 1757 Lydia Linsley 
(Northf. Ch. Rec.) ; she d. 23 Jan. 1776; he d. 12 April 1776. 
Cong.; res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Irene 1 ' b. 9 March 1758; bp. 7 June 1761 at Northford Ch. ; m. 14 
May 1776 Samuel Bartholomew Jun r of Branford ; res. Branford, 
Ct.; 2 ch. — (1) Lydia 7 b. 25 Jan. 1777, (2) Luzerne 1 b. 31 July 1781. 

875. ii. Ithiel 6 b. n Dec. 1760; bp. 7 June 1761, ib. 

iii. Jacob 4 b. 23 May 1763 ; bp. 26 June 1763, ib.; d. 28 Jan. 1766. 

876. iv. Mary 6 b. 15 June 1766 ; bp. 27 July 1766, ib. 

v. Jacob 8 b. 25 Oct. 1768 ; bp. 28 Dec. 1768, ib.; d. 13 Oct. 1776. 
vi. Titus 6 b. 10 June 1771 ; bp. 21 July 1771, ib.; he is mentioned in the 
distribution of his father's estate and in the Will of his grand- 
father. Mary F. Munson of Guilford reports, from the " A 
Count" book of John Linsley, that young Tytus in 1786 had 
numerous "gakits" of all colors, — two of them described as 
" spotted and streect." He was in college, and this Mr. Linsley 
had charge of his money, and sometimes boarded him. After 
attending " SChol " in Wallingford, and " Colledge," he went to 
Lyme to live in Jan. 1792. Our informant adds that Titus "was 
fearfully hard on ' schues,' buying six pairs at a time, and soon 
after having sixteen pairs mended." A Titus Munson was enrolled 
as a member of the Episcopal Society in North Haven between 
1784 and 1790. 
vii. Rebecca 6 b. 6 May 1775 ; bp. 9 July 1775, ib.; d. 5 March 1776. 

In 1757 Titus 5 paid ^65 for 4 acres on the east side of Muddy 
River, "a little southward from pecks Mill;" this land was 
bounded North on his father Abel', 

and appears to have been the site of ^ — jlzjEt-i -?7?f : 7??j( ! '<&7 
his home. He joined Dan and Joseph 

Linsley and eighteen others in buying ^ of an acre "at the half 
mile near mudy river near Smiths Bridge ; " date, Nov. 1764. 

Titus" was chosen highway-surveyor in 1762 and 1769. He and 
Lydia were admitted to the communion of the Northford Church 
in 1761. The records of the church at Northford have this item : 
"Apr. 12, 1776 Ensign Titus Munson died on Long Island, age 
42." The tradition is that "he was a captain, and died of small- 
pox while in the Revolutionary Army." 

His estate inventoried ^247.11.5, and included 4 acres of land 
^32, dwellinghouse jQ$o, barn ^16, pair of steers j£6, 3 cows 
100/, 90/, 70/, 3 geese 4/6, 2 saddles 68/, pillion 2/, gun and bayonet 
36/, cartouch box 6/, cutlash 9/, etc. 

844 The Munson Record. 


Lud b (Abel*) b. 5 May 1736 ; m. 9 Jan. 1758 Lois dau. of Dea. 
Isaac Johnson,^. 15 Feb. 1738 ; he d. 28 March 1779. Had a farm ; 
res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children, rec. in Wall., bp. in Northford : 

i. Rhoda 6 b. 24 Jan. 1759 ; bp. prob. 19 Oct. 1760 ; m. 16 June 1780 
Jared son of Ichabod Lewis, /'. 10 May 1761, dry-goods store and 
perhaps public house ; res. Wallingford ; ac'g to Wall. Hist. 
2 ch. — (1) Isaac', m. Esther Beaumont, kept a hotel and store in 
Meriden, (2) Frederick 1 , m. Sinai Hall of Wallingford. 

ii. Isaac 6 b. 9 Dec. 1760 ; bp. 15 Feb. 1761 ; m. 20 Feb. 1782 Sarah Munson 
(rec. Wall.); had a dau. "Welthy" *. 6 Oct. 1782 (rec. in W.) ; 
res. Palestine, Montgomery Co., N. Y.; he took the freeman's oath 
at W. 7 April 1783 ; was made a highway-surveyor Dec. 1795. He 
made ten sales of real-estate in Wallingford and Branford between 
1785 and 1797. He and Benjamin 26 June 1795 sold their " right 
in the dwellinghouse and farm that were their fathers." He 
removed from Wallingford to Palestine, Mont. Co., N. Y., 
between 7 Jan. 1776 and n Jan. 1797. 

iii. Amzi 6 b. 13 Feb. 1763 ; bp. 3 April 1763 ; was living 1785, and death 
was announced to Court 13 April 1789 ; res. Wallingford. 

iv. Abigail 6 b. 28 Nov. 1765; bp. Dec. 1765 ; m. 5 Dec. 1782 Timothy 
Bartholomew; she d. abt. 1820; Cong.; res. Northford, Ct.; 
" quite a family of girls and boys," of whom Samuel 7 d. 7 March 
1881, a. 95. Convicted of sin by her brother Benjamin's dying 
reproof, in 1815, she became a happy Christian, "and was the 
means of doing much good." Her pastor, Rev. Matthew Noyes, 
under her influence had a new religious experience, and preached 
the new birth as he had never preached before, while many were 
added to the church. 

v. Lois 6 b. 14 Feb. 1768 ; bp. 3 April '68 ; she was living in Walling- 
ford 1790. 
877. vi. Benjamin 6 b. 19 Dec. 1771 ; bp. 12 Jan. 1772. 

vii. Eunice 6 b. 30 June 1775 ; bp. 13 Aug. '75 ; her brother Isaac 6 sold 
Amzi 6 5 acres bounded W. on Eunice 6 in 1785, and in 1796 Eunice 
disposed of 9 acres in the S. E. part of Wallingford. 

In August 1769 Lud 6 bought 3% acres in W. of Hannah Mun- 
son of Goshen ; in Dec. 1778 he bought 2 acres of his father. We 
quote the Wall, horse-branding and traffic 

book: "1765 Oct r 29. Sold by Lud Mun- /^/^) a , 

son to Tho! Ensign Munson a Black Pide /LJ 4fr4S?yrn/ 
Horse 5 years old price £10.0.0." He 

entered an ear-mark in 1767, and his widow took M. Tuttle's in 
1781. Lud was chosen highway-surveyor Dec. 1758, 1771 ; grand- 
juror, 1764, 1772 ; assessor 1777. 

Clan Abel 1 : Levi*. 845 

He was administrator on the estate of his brother Titus'. Lud 1 
and Joseph 1 were named executors of their father's Will. Lud's 
own Will dated 9 March 1779 mentions wife Lois, grandmother 
Peck, brother Joseph, and his three sons and four daughters ; 
Samuel and Joseph Munson were witnesses. Inventory, ^697. 
Wid. Lois afterwards married Enoch Culver. 

Lud's name as sergeant is found on the roster of Captain 
Samuel Eells's company in the Revolution. (Samuel Eells was 
accepted captain of a company of 57 volunteers raised in Bran- 
ford, Jan. 13, 1777.) Lud was sergeant also in Captain Abraham 
Foote's Co. of militia in Col" Andrew Ward's regiment ; engaged 
8 May 1777, discharged 6 June '77. Charles H. 8 Munson of North- 
ford writes : " When Capt. Linsley read the Roll of Honor on 
Memorial Day, he said he had heard his grandmother say that 
Lud Munson took his six sons and went into the Revolutionary 
War." Ought it rather to have been said that Lud was one of six 
brothers who thus served their country ? 

Levi (AbeT) b. 29 Aug. 1738 ; m. 27 Nov. 1760 Mary Cooley ; he 
d. 1815 ; she d. 1826, a. 84. Sawmill ; Episc.; res. Wallingford, 
Harwinton, Ct., Windham, Camden, N. Y. 

Children : 

878. i. Almond 6 b. 3 Oct. 1761 in Branford, Ct. 

ii. Orange 6 b. 19 Nov. 1763 (rec. Wall.) ; had 3 ch. of whom one mar- 
ried and has descendants in Windham. In 1786 he joined 
Almond in buying land, a sawmill, and other buildings, in Har- 
winton. Not far from 1800 he removed to Windham, N. Y. 
(accompanying Almond 6 ). 

Orange, of Branford, enlisted in the Sixth Regt., " for the 
War," Jan. 20, 1778; he was " Drum'" March 1, '8o. He was 
drummer in the Fourth Regt. "Conn. Line" Jan. 1, 1781 — Dec. 
31, '81. 

879. iii. Mary 6 b. 14 Feb. 1766 (ib.). 

iv. Lent 6 *. 3 March 1768(1'*.); unm.; soldier, sailor; d. 21 Sept. 1796, 

<r. 28i y. By See below. 
v. Ephraim 6 6. 22 Sept. 1770 (ii.) ; went to Canada and was never 

heard from, 
vi. Levi 6 b. 23 Aug. 1772 (ii.). 

880. vii. Abel 6 b. 22 July 1774 in Wallingford. 

viii. Elisha 6 , lived many years near Syracuse, and (/. at Onondaga, N. 
Y.; had a son Levi 1 . 

881. ix. Lud Augustus 6 b. 21 Aug. 1781 (rec. Wall.). 

In 1764, at the age of twenty-six, the residence of Levi' was in 
Wallingford, on "the east side of the town" — on the highway 

846 The Munson Record. 

that ran past the dwelling-house of Caleb 3 "to Muddy River." In 
1782, between April 13 and July 6, he removed to Harwinton. 
He was still residing there in Jan. 1797, and as late as Feb. 1802 
made sale of a "mill place" on the brook. He next lived in 
Windham, N. Y., whence he removed about 1808 to Camden, 
where he died. 

In 1765 he mortgaged his dwelling-house with \ acre of land 
bounded N. and W. on Samuel Munson ; and he sold 9 acres in 
Wallingford 15 Nov. 1780. He purchased 13 April 1782 in Har- 
winton 31 acres with dwelling-house, barn and cider-mill, and 19 
acres with barn ; price, ,£200. Within three years he made three 
other pvirchases of land, aggregating 34! acres. In April 1784 he 
bought a mill-privilege on a brook ; he had a sawmill in Jan. 
1786 ; he leased in Oct. 1792 — "as long as trees Grow and water 
Runs" — "a Certain mill place Situate in the West Part of sd 
Harwinton." The Harwinton Treasurer's Book has : " 1790 Jan. 
n'! 1 to an order to Levi Munson for plank and puting on 8 2 ; " 
1790, "for work done at the hill beyond Munsons." 

Levi was chosen grand-juror at Wallingford Dec. 1765. He 
took the oath of fidelity Dec. 1, 1778, — being then entitled "Levt." 
His ear-mark, 1762, was "a Half Cross on the Upper Side of Each 
Ear & a half penny on the Upper Side of the Right." The 
History of Harwinton mentions Lt. Levi 6 as one of five "prominent 
individuals" in an Episcopal Society formed about 1784. An "old 
teaster curtain " made by the hand of Mary Cooley is in the 
possession of her great-granddaughter Mrs. Griggs ; its white 
squares, \\ by 2 inches, are surrounded by dull blue stripes 6 / 8 of 
an inch wide. 

Lieut. Levi 6 was among the Revolutionary worthies. In the 
list of men who marched from the town of Branford " for the 
Relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm," April, 1775, occurs the 
name of Levi, and he held the office of " Clerk ; " he is credited 
with six days service. 

He was among those who engaged in the attempt upon Montreal. 
He made declaration to the Legislature in 1778 that he was a ser- 
geant in Capt. Douglass' company, Col. Wooster's regiment, was 
taken prisoner in the Isle of Montreal, carried to Quebec, and 
thence with Green, a soldier, and Col, Ethan Allen, to Falmouth, 
in England, and that he returned from Falmouth to Halifax about 
June 29, 1776. According to Conn. Men in the Rev., he was among 
those who surrendered with Col. Allen near Montreal, Sept. 25, 
J 775! was sent t0 England with others, but returned to Halifax 

Clan Abel*: Levi*. 847 

June 21, '76, and was subsequently exchanged. According to 
Hinman, Sergt. Levi and other Connecticut men, 16 Sept. 1776, 
were confined at Halifax in one room "among felons, thieves and 
negroes." Mrs. Lucy A. Smith reports that " he did not see the 
sun for nine months." 

The Sixth Regt. " Connecticut Line," raised for the " Conti- 
nental Line" of '77, was recruited mainly in New Haven Co.; 
rendezvous at New Haven : it was, according to Prof. Johnston, 
one of the best of the Conn, regiments — " regarded as first for ser- 
vice." Levi was commissioned 2nd Lieut, in this regiment Jan. 1, 
1777 ; resigned Sept. 8, 1780 (about a fortnight before the discovery 
of Arnold's treason). His sons Almond', Orange," and Lent, 6 and 
his nephew Ithiel", served in the same regiment. The Sixth was 
commanded by Col. Douglass, and after by Col. Meigs. It went 
into camp at Peekskill in the summer of '77, but was frequently 
detached on expeditions or outpost duty on the lines above King's 
Bridge. Served in Aug. — Oct. on the Hudson, in Parson's Bri- 
gade, under Putnam, and engaged in all movements made in 
consequence of the enemy's move against Ft. Montgomery, etc. 
Wintered '77— '78 at West Point, and assisted in constructing per- 
manent fortifications, ' Meigs' redoubt,' etc.; also redoubts opposite 
on the east side. In summer of '78 encamped with the main army 
under Washington, at White Plains. Wintered '78-79 at Redding, 
Ct. In the operations of '79 served with Conn. Division on the 
east side of the Hudson in Heath's wing ; its Light Co., detached, 
engaged in the storming of Stony Point July 15, '79. Wintered 
'79-'8o at Morristown huts, N. J., and in the movements of 1780 
served with the Division on both sides of the Hudson. 

UgPLent 8 , according to Mrs. Lucy A. 8 Smith, when only eleven 
years old accompanied his father into the Army "as an officer's 
waiter."* But according to Conn. Men in the Rev., he had been in 
the Army several weeks before he was ten years old ! He enlisted 
in the Sixth Regt. Jan. 21, 1778 ; term, "for the War" ; service, 
musician (fifer). He was associated with his brothers in Capt. 
Ely's Co. He appears as musician (drummer) in the Fourth Regt. 
"Conn. Line" Jan. 1, 1781 — Dec. 31, '81. He appears as drummer 
Feb. 1, 1783 on the "Size Roll of Captain Potter's Company," 
Second Regt. "Conn. Line" (Jan. — June, 1783). 

* Lorenzo W. 8 understands that Lent " went as waiter for his father." Also, that while a cap- 
tive, he " was driven before the horses, with only three kernels of corn a day." After a while, 
they let him have a knife. One day, as he saw a deer corning on the ice, he hid behind a tree ; 
when he jumped out from his hiding-place, the frightened deer slipped up, and Lent killed him 
with his knife. After that exploit, the Indians gave him more liberty. When he finally reached 
home, his mother could not recognize him ; but a scar which she remembered, satisfied her. 

84S The Munson Record. 

An old pamphlet, to which my attention was courteously called 
by Librarian Bowers of the New Haven Historical Society, per- 
petuates a discourse commemorative of Lent/' and what is more 
valuable, a memoir, entitled — 

" A Short Sketch of the Life of Mr. Lent Munson. 

"Mr. Lent Munson, the son of Lieut. Levi Munson, now of Harwinton, in 
Connecticut, was born in Walling ford, the 3d of March 1768. In the 10th year 
of his age, he entered as a musician into the Continental Army, where he con- 
tinued until the establishment of peace ; after which he joined the family, who 
had in his absence removed to Harwinton. Here he resided until the year 1787, 
when he again entered into the service of his country, in the corps raised by Col. 
David Humphreys, with the rank of Sergeant-Musician. The short duration 
of that command soon left him again under the direction of his parents, where 
he continued until the year 17S8, — when he once more determined upon a 
military life. Accordingly he went to Hartford, and engaged for the term of 
three years ; and joined the army at Fort Harmer, in the Western Country ; 
where he performed the duty of Musician until early in the year 1789, when he 
was advanced to the rank of Quarter-Master Sergeant to the garrison, in both of 
which stations his conduct was unexceptionable. In December 1790, orders 
came out at Fort Washington, where Mr. Munson was then stationed, for 
re-enlisting the men. He engaged for three years more, and was soon after 
ordered to Connecticut on the recruiting service. He was stationed at Middle- 
town, where he continued in that duty until 1793, when he joined the army again at 
Fort Washington. During his residence at Middletown, he cultivated an 
acquaintance with many respectable inhabitants of that city, who notwithstand- 
ing his humble rank in life, discovered his real merits, and treated him with the 
politeness and respect they deserved. The attention paid him at this and other 
places, had a tendency to wean him from the army, and he had drawn up in his 
mind a determination, after the expiration of his present engagement, to obtain 
his bread by some other means. But not long after he joined the army, he was 
sent on a detachment, as an escort to provision, under the command of Lieut. 
Lourv. On the 17th of October, the party was attacked by the Savages, and 
totallv defeated : The officers, and man)' of the soldiers, were killed : Mr. 
Munson, being with others missing, was supposed to be among the slain. 

"The melancholy tidings of this unhappy affair, were communicated to the 
family, and other friends, who lamented his untimely end, with all the bitterness 
of grief natural to the circumstances of his supposed death. 

" But Providence had reserved him for other scenes. Finding no hopes in 
flight, he had determined to act the part of a soldier, and sell his life as dear as 
possible, but being quite spent with fatigue, he was soon disarmed by the Sav- 
ages, and stript of all his clothes, except shoes, socks, and overalls. They gave 
him in exchange an old Indian coat, and the second day an old shirt. In this 
dress he was driven five or six days ; the Indians on horse-back still riding upon 
his heels, till his strength was almost wholly exhausted, and he more than once 
concluded, he could struggle no longer with his fate, but must seek a refuge in 
the shades of death. On the third day after his capture they painted him, in 
token of life and pardon. Each night he was fast bound, and placed between 
two Savages ; so that there was no possibility of escaping from them. They 
moreover had left the place of action in such haste, for fear of pursuit, that they 

Clan Abel*: Levi". 849 

could take but very little provision ; in consequence of which the prisoners had 
the additional misery of hunger to encounter. There were eleven taken ; but 
one of the unhappy number, being unable to travel at the unmerciful rate the 
Savages required, was killed : The other ten arrived at an Indian town, belong- 
ing to the Ottawa tribe. For several days after their arrival, Mr. Munson was 
unable to walk : On the nth of his captivity they cut his hair, and put a jewel in 
his nose ; they attempted also to cut his ears, which he resisted with such spirit 
and perseverance that they finally did not insist on his compliance. His princi- 
pal diet was corn, either parched or boiled in water, without salt. 'Tis true thev 
had meat, but as their custom was to let it putrify before they ate it, he could 
not partake of their repast, and to stay in their huts at meal time was almost 

" In this wretched situation he continued for eight months, compelled to hard 
labour ; almost without clothing exposed to the inclemencies of the winter 
season, far removed from all his friends who, ignorant of his fare, supposed 
him beyond all the troubles of this life. — His fortitude, however, did not forsake 
him ; — he revolved in his mind various plans for escaping from them : But being 
a stranger to the country thro' which he must pass, ignorant of the course he 
ought to steer, and beset with the jealous vigilance of his enemies, he still 
found insurmountable obstacles before him. Having however by much com- 
plaisance and seeming tranquility, flattered his Master into a security, he came 
to the determination of taking his gun, and trusting himself to fortune : But 
before he had put this hazardous experiment in execution, he happily met with 
an English trader, who suggested a safer method. After receiving from this 
trader the point of compass he ought to observe, and other useful directions, 
on the 17th of June he left them in a profound sleep ; and assisted by the light 
of the moon, which was now rising, he took his unknown way through the 
uninhabited wilderness, amid the solemn silence of the night. He travelled 
till the dawn of day, when he secreted himself in some weeds and grass, about 
15 rods from a kind of road in which he travelled. In this situation he saw 
two of his enemies pursuing after him on horseback. In about an hour and a 
half they returned the same way. The next night he pursued his course, and 
arrived at some French settlement, where the people showed him kindness. 
Having washed the paint from his face, and refreshed himself, about day-break 
he continued his rout, and travelled 26 miles; about n o'clock he came to 
another settlement. He had but just stepped into the house, when accidentally 
looking out at the window, he saw twelve Indians crossing a river within twelve 
rods of the house. The gentleman proved to be friendly, and concealed him in 
an upper loft for his security in case they had entered : But they pursued the 
road by which he came ; so that had he been ten minutes later, he must inevita- 
bly have fallen into their hands, — the fatal consequences of which are easily 
conceived. Here he stayed two days, and the people shewed him much kind- 
ness. The Lady gave him a good shirt, and a hat, the first which had been on his 
head in eight months, — they procured him a passage by water to Detroit, and 
gave him a sufficient quantity of provisions for the journey. Such are the 
blessed fruits of benevolence !— When he arrived at that fortress, Col. English, 
the commanding officer, was no less benevolent : he gave him a plenty of pro- 
visions, and a passport ; — put him on board of a vessel in his Majesty's service, 
and sent him to Niagara, where he met with a number of New-England gentle- 
men, whose liberality supplied him with necessaries to complete his journey. 

850 The Munsoti Record. 

Capt. Guernsey, late of Durham, and Mr. Salmon Goodrich of Berlin, were of the 
number of these gentlemen whose kindness did honor both to themselves and 
their country, and whose names Mr. Munson hath frequently mentioned with 

" Here, after eight months of almost incessant fatigue of body and mind, he 
took a short repose ; and afterwards getting a passage by water to Skenectady, 
on the 21st of July he again arrived at his Father's house. The joy and sur- 
prise of his Parents, on receiving again that Son to their arms whom they had 
thought no longer an inhabitant of this world ; — whom they had mourned as 
dead for many sorrowful months, is much better conceived than expressed. 

" Mr. Munson' s military career here ended. After staying a short time with 
his friends, in Harwinton, he repaired to Middletown, where he gladdened the 
hearts of his acquaintance, and with whom he consulted upon the future plans 
of his life. As the seas seemed to open the fairest prospect for him towards 
wealth and respectability, he applied himself to the stud}' of navigation, and soon 
became master of it. His earnest desire of perfecting himself in the maritime 
profession, induced him to ship on board a vessel as a raw hand, in an European 
voyage. The several duties to which he was called, during this undertaking, 
were performed with so much ingenuity and dispatch, that in his settlement with 
the owners, on his return, they allowed him Four Dollars a month for extra 
services. He remained with his friends a short time, arranging his affairs for 
another voyage, which he undertook for the West-Indies. This voyage proved 
his last : He was captured by the French, and carried into the island of St. Croix 
a prisoner, where he was seized with a violent fever, which in a short time put an 
end to his labors. He died on the 21st of Sept. 1796 ; — after a toilsome life of 28 
years, 6 months, and 18 days, — n years and four months of which was spent in 
the service of his country. 

" In the course of his travels, he had contracted an acquaintance with many 
worthy and respectable people : As their friendship for him was wholly dis- 
interested, the unusual warmth of their affection, affords us the highest encomium 
upon his character. — ' The opportunity I had of knowing him (saith one of 
these,*) licences me to declare, that he was honest, prudent, charitable, and just 
in all his dealings : — That possessing these qualities, together with an amiable 
disposition, he bid fair to honor society, make his family happy, and himself 
respected. Those who knew him, loved and respected him ; those who may 
know his character, if they have any regard to merit, will revere his memorv. 
The above observations I have made to you without solicitation : I have offered 
them as a testimony of my great esteem and regard for a deceased friend ; and 
let me assure you, they fall far short of the evidence I feel within me.' 

" Lieut. Munson i , whose family, consisting of eight sons and a daughter, had 
manv of them often been engaged in the service of the public, and consequently 
dispersed into various parts of the country, had the pleasure of seeing the most 
of them together on the nth day of January 1792, — a pleasure well known to those 
who are parents. In consequence of this favor, he had desired his neighbors 
and friends to meet with him and his family at the House of GOD, on the nth 
of January 1797, to offer at the foot of his Altar public Thanks for his goodness. 
But in the mean time arrived the sad news that one of this Family was no longer 
amongst the living. The proposed Meeting of course gave place to another on 
a different occasion, — when the following Discourse was delivered." 

* Capt. John Pratt, 0/ Middletown, in a letter to Mr. [Griswol]d dated December otn, 

Clan Abel': Nathaniel*. 851 



Delivered At 

Harwinton, on the 5th day of January, 1797, 

Occasioned by the 



Mr. Lent Munson. 

By Alexander V. Griswold, 

Rector of St. Mark's Church, Harwinton. 

The TIME is short. — 1 Cor. vii. 29. 

Litchfield : 
Printed by T. Collier.— M.D.CC, XCVII. 

[The text was Luke 23.28. Weep not 
for me, but weep for yourselves.] 

As the weather was extremely cold when this Discourse was delivered, sev- 
eral passages were omitted. 

[Discourse occupies fourteen pages.] 


Nathaniel' (Abel 4 ) b. 20 Oct. 1742 ; m. 19 May 1768* Avis dau. 
of Samuel Hopson of Wallingford ; he d. 25 Feb. 1830 ; she d., ce. 
90, less one day. Res. Wallingford, Goshen, Ct. 
Children : 
William 6 b. 25 Nov. 1765.! 
Anna 6 . 

Sally 6 , m. Joel Way of Goshen. 
Avis 6 , m. Elisha Hurlburt ; settled in Genesee Co., N. Y., 1817. 

In 1770 the estate of Caleb Todd, Northford, was in debt to 
Nathaniel 5 .£0.1.0. It would seem probable that the 46 acres 
94 rods purchased 1740 in Goshen by Abel 4 , passed soon after his 
death into the hands of Nathaniel'J. He was chosen a member of 
the school-committee in Goshen Dec. 1783 ; he was elected high- 
way-surveyor in 1788 and 1796. He and Avis made a sale (in 
Wallingford) Oct. 1791. He presented William" with 12 acres in 
1800. He sold his grandson Benjamin' 6 acres in 1S21 ; price, 
$500. He secured a debt of $263 to Benjamin' with a mortgage 
on 46 acres 1 April 1828. They spent their last years with this 
grandson. Avis is reputed to have been good and cheerful, and 
to have had a pleasant word for everybody. 

•Northford Church rec; + Betsey H. Munson; we have not the means of correcting the 

J Mrs. J. H. Norton has an impression that he was early a sailor ; indeed, that he was on the 
famous Paul Jones's ship in the Revolutionary War. 

852 The Munson Record. 

Joseph" (Abel 4 ) h. 16 Nov. 1751 ; m. 11 Nov. 1773 Elisabeth 
Hart ; 8 ch.; she d. 25 July 1810, a. 58 ; m. (2nd) YVid. Munson ; no 
ch; he d. 29 June 1830. Farmer; Dem.; Presb.; res. Wallingford, 
Ct., Salisbury, Herkimer Co., N. Y. 
Children : 
William 6 b. 15 Aug. 1774. 

Jacob 6 *. 19 Oct. 1776; bp. 1 Dec. 1776 (rec. Northford). 
Abel Hart 6 b. 23 March 1779 ; bp. 16 May 1779 fib. J. 
Thaddeus 6 b. 11 July 1784. 

Elizabeth 6 b. 1785 unc; bp. 25 March 1787 (rec. N.); m. abt. 1807 
Josiah Benjamin of Salisbury, a farmer and Dem.; she d. abt. 
1840; 3 sons, 4 dau. 
888. vi. Martha 6 b. abt. 1790; bp. (at Wall. Ch.) 30 Jan. 1791. 
vii. Lemuel 6 , "went West and was never heard from." 
viii. Samuel 6 bp. 20 Oct. 1793 (rec. N.) ; m. abt. 1819 ; d. abt. 1821 ; 
farmer ; res. Ohio ; 1 ch. — Mary', «., d. " many years ago." 

When Joseph married at the age of twenty-two, his father was 
aged 72 ; he remained on the old place and took care of his 
parents, and his grandmother Peck. (His grandmother Munson 
had married his grandfather Stephen Peck ; she survived her 
children " many years.") He and his wife became members of the 
Northford Church 28 Jan. 1776. He was entered freeman at 
Wallingford in April following. He was appointed executor of 
his father's Will in 1781. He was elected lister in Dec. 1787, '89, 
'92, and highway-surveyor in 1790. He was chosen member of a 
committee to divide the town into highway districts in Oct. 1792. 

In 1780 he paid Stephen Peck ^50 for one-half of the " Mill on 
Muddy River known as Peck Mill." He bought land " near Pecks 
Mill" in 1 791 . In 1794 he sold Ithiel" Munson and Munson 
Lindsey of Wallingford J4 of a sawmill known as Pecks Mills. 
About this time he removed " to what was then called the Royal 
Grant," in N. Y.; his residence thenceforward was Salisbury. 

When he was about to migrate to the western wilds, says Dr. 
Isaac' Munson, his brothers and sisters of the church convened at 
Deacon Baldwin's to pray especially for his welfare,— that God 
would prosper him in the great enterprise of removing into a 
distant wilderness, to procure farms for his numerous sons. In 
the migration he was assisted by two horse teams and two ox 
teams, and "was some six weeks on the journey, over the new 
log-roads." He purchased about 500 acres of land, and " as his 
sons grew up and married, he settled four of them around him, 
helping each to a farm." His granddaughter Mrs. Marsh repre- 

Clan Abel*: IthieF. 853 

sents him as an old-school Puritan. All his records and other 
papers were destroyed by the burning of his house about the time 
of his death. 

Adah 6 (Abel 1 ) bp. 19 Nov. 1758 ; m. (by Oliver Stanley, J. P.) 14 
April 1779 Abraham Bunnell of Branford. Res. New Durham, 
N. Y. 

Children : 
i. James Munson 8 b. 1 Aug. 1802 ; m. 15 April 1822 ; d. 1829 ; res. 
Herkimer Co., N. Y. ; ch. — Arminta 1 b. 26 June 1823, Oscar 7 
b. 14 April 1824, Sophia 1 b. 14 June 1827, Munson 1 b. 7 March 
1829, res. Norway, Herk. Co., N. Y. 
ii. Nathaniel 6 , d. y. 
iii. Lydia B. 5 , m. William Morse, 
iv. Orrilla 6 , m. Harry Morse, 
v. Rebecca 6 , m. Harry Windover. 

Adah 5 is mentioned in her father's Will. 

Ithiel 6 (Titus 5 , Abel') b. 11 Dec. 1760 ; »i. Sarah Ann Finch ; she 
d. 8 June 1832, <e. 74 (apoplexy) ; he d. 17 Dec. 1835 (dropsy). 
Farmer; Cong.; res. Wallingford (Northford), Ct. 

Children : 

889. i. Lyman 1 b. 1781 ; bp. 14 Aug. 1785 at Northford. 

ii. Rebecca 1 (" Becky") bp. 14 Aug. 1785, ii.j m. 19 June 1816 Ebene- 
zer Rogers, jr.; she d. 29 Aug. 1865 ; res. Northford ; 2 ch. — (1) 
Mary Ann 8 b. 18 May 1817, m. 1848 Ebenezer Smith of No. Haven, 
she res. North Branford iSg3, (2) Munson 8 b. 28 Dec. 1823, m. i860 
Elsie Tyler of Wallingford, she d. 21 Dec. 1868, a. 39, res. North- 
ford (old homestead). 

iii. Nancy 1 bp. 7 Jan. 1787, ib.; unm.; d. 12 Sept. 1822, <?. 36 (con- 

890. iv. Amzi 1 b. abt. 1789. 

v. Noyes 1 bp. 26 June 1791 at N.; unm.; d. 31 May 1837, a. 46, in the 
street at N. (apoplexy) ; intemp. and rather singular ; res. North- 
ford* (with bro. Titus). 

vi. Sarah 1 bp. 22 Sept. 1794, ib.; unm.; d. 9 June 1821, iv. 27 (con- 

891. vii. Jacob 1 b. 16 Feb. 1797 ; bp. 16 April 1797, ib. 

892. viii. Titus 1 b. 14 Aug. 1799 ; bp. 29 Sept. 1799, **• 

At the age of eighteen Ithiel" appears in his grandfather Abel's 
Will as " Ithel " and "Ethal." He and his wife Sarah united with 
the Northford Church 31 July 1785. His residence was on the 

* One " Noyes Munson of Canandaigua " Jan. i, 1S17 obtained $466 for land on the E. side of 
Main St. in C. 

854 The Munson Record. 

south side of the road, nearly east of the Dea. Merriman Munson 
place, say, a mile, and a little way S. E. of Tyler's Mills ; the 
present owner is Pat. M c Kinney. 

He took the oath of fidelity at Wallingford April 7, 1783. He 
was chosen highway-surveyor in 1783, '92, '94 and 1800 ; he was 
chosen lister in Dec. 1797. We quote : " In the Custody of Ithiel 
Munson Four Sheep marked with a hole through the Right Ear and 
Two half pennies upper side the same. Entered Septem r 3? 1788." 

Ithiel 8 bought of Samuel Peck, Jr., 12 acres on the E. side of the 
town, 1784. He purchased, in 1794, \ of a sawmill on Muddy 
river, known as Peck's mill ; this property, he presented to his son 
Titus' in 1827. He made a purchase of 70 rods in Branford 
(Northford) in 1805. 

Ithiel" enlisted in Capt. Ely's Co., Sixth Regt., April 24, 1777, 
for the term of 8 months, when he was discharged. An uncle and 
three cousins were in the same regiment. His name also appears 
(without explanation) on the pay-roll of Capt. Abraham Foot's 
Co. in Col. Andrew Ward's Regt. as serving May 8 — May 11, 1777. 

Mary 8 (Titus 6 , Abel 1 ) b. 15 June 1766; m. 6 Dec. 1786 Jared 
Bishop 6. 22 Oct. 1764; he d. 26 Nov. 1839; she d. 28 Jan. 1844. 
Res. No. Guilford, Ct. 

Children (ac'g to Dr. Talcott, in part) : 

i. Jared 7 b. 14 Sept. 1787 ; m. Polly Crittenden ; went away some- 
where, perh. Vt. 

ii. Jacob Munson 1 b. 2 Sept. 1789 unc; unm.; drowned I July 1814. 

iii. Philo 7 b. 30 Oct. 1791 ; m. Chloe Basset of Madison ; he d. 1 April 
1875 ; she res. Guilford ; several dau., — one m. Henry Hull, one 
m. Capt. Reuben Fowler, another m. Stebbins, res. N. Y. S. 

iv. Justin 7 b. 13 Dec. 1794; m. Mary Davis ; he d. 15 Dec. 1869 ; 2 ch. 
— Munson s and Edward 8 , res. Guilford, and both have ch. 

v. Mary Munson 7 *. 12 July 1804 ; m. John H. B. Chidsey ; she d. 6 
March 1866 ; res. Fair Haven, Ct. 

In the distribution of her father's estate, 1779, Mary 8 received 
^44. 12.2. 


Benjamin" (Lud 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 19 Dec. 1771 ; m. 29 Jan. 1795 Betsey 
dau. of Capt. Samuel Humiston* of North Haven, app'y, b. 8 March 

* A captain in the Revolution. His children were all daughters, and during the absence of 
men in the Army, they had to go out into the fields to work. One time news came from the 
Captain that the British regulars were passing over the Neck Bridge (New Haven) in the direction 
of his home. His wife was sick abed j she told the daughters to drive the cows up over the hills, 
to save them. After the British had crossed the bridge, they tore it away ; but the Captain ran his 
horse across one of the stringers, while the beholders expected to see him fall into the river. 

Clan Abel*: Benjamin''. 855 

1776; he d. 28 May 1815, ce. 42 ; she d. unc. Nov. 1834. School- 
teacher; res. (Northford) Branford, North Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Mary' b. 8 Dec. 1795 in Northford ; bp. 31 Dec. 1797, rec. N.J deaf 
and dumb ; d. 10 Jan. 1S39 ; res. North Haven (1836). 

ii. Henrietta 7 *. 8 March 1798 in N.; bp. 6 May 1798, ii.j m. (by H. 
Bangs) 21 Tune 1835 Rev. Horace Bartlett of Sing Sing, N. Y., a 
widower (with 8 ch.); no ch.; d. 28 July 1890; res. Worcester, 
Ms.* (after 1880). Much of her life was spent in New Haven. 
She related with zest that when but 3 years old, she sang a cam- 
paign song, " Hurrah for Jefferson," and was rewarded with a 
pair of red morocco shoes. Reminiscences of the War of 1812 
and the political anxieties of that time she readily recalled ; also 
the visit of Lafayette, and "the great fire" on Long Wharf. At 
the age of 90 she wrote the author two or three lengthened letters. 
She was converted in 1815 under the labors of the Rev. Gad 
Smith, the first Methodist preacher stationed in New Haven. 
She followed the First Church from its location in Temple St. to 
the north corner of The Green, and at last to its present site. 
There she worshipped for many years, serving the church with 
the earnestness of her nature and rendering especial assistance 
in the service of song. At death she was the oldest member of 
Trinity M. E. Church. 

iii. Betsey' b. 10 March 1800 in N.; m. 12 June 1825 Israel Wooding of 
New Haven, a shoemaker ; she d. 24 Jan. 1886, res. Martin St., 
New Haven, Ct.; 1 ch.— Horace 8 b. 1 Oct. 1826, m. 1 Oct. 1848 
Catharine Bailey of Durham, he d. 10 May 1891, shoemaker. 

iv. Benjamin Green 1 b. 20 Feb. 1803 in N.; bp. 24 April 1803, rec. N.; 
d. 6 July 1825 ; blacksmith. At the age of 17, being "of North 
Haven", he chose Allen Ives as guardian. 

v. Julius 1 b. 15 Sept. 1805 in North Haven ; d. 19 Sept. 1821 on the 
Mediterranean Sea. 
893. vi. Lois Jennet 1 b. 31 Aug. 1809 in No. H. 

Benjamin'' was " of Wallingford " in 1793, but "of Branford" 
in October of that year. He and Betsey 1 July 1803 bought of her 
father one acre in North Haven "where Benjamin is building a 
dwelling-house ", bounded E. on the Cheshire Turnpike. He was 
"of North Haven " Sept. 1807 when he sold real-estate which fell 
to him from his mother Lois Culver. 

Betsey was received to the East-Plains Congregational Church 
in Hamden, Sept. 1803, on a letter from Rev. Matthew Noyes. In 
April 1821, as Betsey "had for several years almost constantly 
absented herself from their worship and communion and had 
become united with a different denomination," " the church voted 
to withdraw their fellowship," etc. 

* White Plains, X. V., 1836. 

856 The Munson Record. 

" My father was sick a number of years with the long consump- 
tion, unable to work," wrote Henrietta at the age of 90. While 
this daughter was visiting in New Haven, she attended the revival 
meetings of Gad Smith in the Temple St. church now occupied 
by colored people ; she was at one of the meetings when a mes- 
senger notified her that her father was supposed to be dying. On 
reaching his bedside, she "asked him the state of his mind." 
He replied that he did not feel as he wanted to. A number talked 
to him, and Henrietta sung a hymn. Addressing the sister who 
brought him up, he said : " Nabby, you have been a good sister, 
but you never said a word about my soul." 


Almond 5 (Levi", Abel*) b. 3 Oct. 176 1 ; m. Esther Peck ; 8 ch.; 
she d. abt. 1812 ; ///. again ; he d. 1831. Episc: res. Great 
Bend. Pa. 

Children : 
i. Ashbel 7 , farmer; he dec; res. Lenox, Pa.; 1 ch. — Antoinette 8 , m. 
George Dopp, res. Lenox. 

894. ii. Almond' b. abt. 1790 in Conn. 

895. iii. Phila 7 b. 8 May 1792 in Plymouth, Ct. 

iv. Lent 7 , carriage-maker; he dec; res. Windsor, N. Y.; 3 ch. — (1) 
dau., res. Windsor, (2) Harper 8 , m. tending sawmill and gristmill, 
res. Windsor, (3) son, res. Windsor, tends gristmill. 

896. v. Samuel Sheldon 7 b. 31 Aug. 1799 in Windham, N. Y. 

897. vi. Levi 7 b. 18 March 1801 in Great Bend. 

898. vii. Benajah 7 b. 10 June 1805 in Great Bend. 
viii. Amanda', d. a. 7. 

Almond 6 and Orange 6 bought of their father, Jan. 1786, i\ acres 
with buildings in Harwinton, and another piece with a frame for 
a sawmill, a mill and mill place. Almond, being " of Watertown," 
re-sold his half of the mill property to his father 5 June 1790, — it 
was " near YVaterbury river." Phila 7 and two or three brothers 
were Episcopally christened in Connecticut. Emeline" has often 
heard (from her mother Phila 7 ) in regard to her grandfather's 
having service every Sundav, and having his children repeat the 
Catechism. Almond went to Windham, N. Y., where he remained 
a short time ; in 1800* he settled in Great Bend. He had a farm, 
where he lived, about four miles above the village. 

Almond" observed that only two or three men attended town- 
meeting who did not wear leather clothes. He said his children 
never should wear leather (deer-skin). But they came to it. 

■ But when his son Almond 7 was 14 years old, according to Chester." 

Clan Abel': Almond". 857 

Grandfather was one of the best-dispositioned men I ever knew, 
says Emeline". 

For at least five years, Almond was a Revolutionary Soldier. 
His thigh was fractured by a musket-ball, which crippled him. 
" He was one of the Spartan band," writes J. S. Buck, " which 
spent that memorable winter with Washington at Valley Forge." 
" Grandfather said we did not know anything what they suffered 
in the War, — their bare feet cut in the snow," etc., remarked Mrs. 
Griggs. Almond joined the Sixth Regt. " Conn. Line," March 6, 
1777 ; discharged March 3, 1782. He is on the roll of the Fourth 
Regt. "Conn. Line," Jan. 1, 1781 — Dec. 31, '81. Under the Act 
of 1818, he received a pension as a Conn, soldier resident in N. 
Y., and is described as having the rank of musician. 


Mary" (Levi 5 , Abel') b. 14 Feb. 1766 ; in. 18 March 1784 Ashbel 
Upson b. 27 April 1762 ; he d. 30 June 1831 ; she d. 3 March 1857. 
Res. Camden, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Eleanor 7 b. 18 May 1785 ; m. n June 1809 Baruch Orton of Wil- 
liamstown, N. Y.; she d. 16 Oct. 1837. 

ii. Anna' b. 26 Feb. 1787; m. 17 March 1812 Pliny Alden of Camden ; 
she d. 2 April 1862 ; had Isaac 8 , and Lyman C. 8 who res. Terre 
Haute, Ind. 

iii. Erastus 7 b. 15 Jan. 1789 at Pleasant Valley, N. J.; m. 28 March 1811 
Cynthia Ballard b. 13 Jan. 1790 at Cherry Valley, N. Y.; he d. 31 
Jan. 1850; res. Camden, N. Y.; he was a trustee of Whitestown 
Seminary, a strong man in the church (of which he was deacon), 
and was foremost in missionary, temperance and anti-slavery 
enterprises; Gerrit Smith, Samuel J. May, and other such philan- 
thropists, were frequent visitors at his house ; he was a dele- 
gate at Utica in 1835 when the pro-slavery mob headed by Samuel 
Beardsley broke up the convention and dragged Alvin Stewart, 
a prominent Abolitionist, through the streets; 6 ch. — (1) Ange- 
line 8 b. 22 April 1813, m. David Ely, M.D., res. Rochester, (2) 
Larue P. 8 *. 9 March 1815, d. a. n, (3) Cynthia 8 b. 13 Feb. 1818, 
m. 3 Sept. 1844 Don A. Gatchell, a merchant, res. Camden, 
widow res. Suspension Bridge, (4) Mary 8 b. 7 Aug. 1821, dec, 
(5) Erastus B. 8 b. 3 Feb. 1826, m. Ellen P. Wolcott of Crown 
Point, N. Y., (6) Hannah S. 8 i. 7 Aug. 1828, m. N. B. Stevens, 
lawyer and editor of Seneca Co. Journal, res. Seneca Falls, N. Y. 

iv. Martha 7 b. 27 June 1791 ; m. 5 Nov. 1807 Jonathan Sutton of Min- 
den, N. J.; she d. 28 Aug. 1859 ; has son J. B. 8 Sutton, Tacoma, 

v. Mary 7 (twin) b. 27 June 1791 ; m. 6 March 1814 Zina Dennison ; she 
d. 28 Sept. 1866. 

85<S The Munson Record. 

vi. Canda 1 b. 19 April 1794; m. 22 April 1S12 Davis Sperry ; m. (2nd) 
Luther Miller of Annsville, N. Y.; she d. 29 Oct. 1872 ; has dau. 
Alma s Johnson, res. Byron, Ogden Co., N. Y. 

vii. Lent Munson' b. 27 May 1797 ; m. 3 March iSrg Maria Preston b. 5 
Dec. 1800 ; he </. 5 May 1870 ; she d. 14 April 1879 ; res. Camden, 
N.Y.; 10 ch. — (1) William* b. 12 April 1820, d. 28 Jan. 1821, (2) 
William N. 8 *. 20 July 1822, d. abt. 1876, (3) Lyman D. 8 *. 19 Oct. 
1S24, in. June 1850, d. abt. 1879, (4) Nancy B. 8 b. 15 June 1827, m. 
12 Jan. 1S4S, Camden, (5) Miles' b. 9 Jan. 1830, m. 7 Sept. 1854, 
Oneida, N. Y., (6) Eliza* *. 5 June 1832, m. 18 Oct. 1853, White 
Rock, 111., (7) Angeline 8 b. 19 Dec. 1S34, d. 17 July 1855, (8) 
Ashbel 8 b. 7 Nov. 1837, d. 25 Aug. 1854, (9) Spencer J. 8 b. 16 Aug. 
1S40, m. 27 June 1S70, insurance, Camden, N. Y., (10) Maria 5 b. 
7 July 1S42, m. July 1S79, Camden, N. Y. 
viii. Alma 1 b. 2 Nov. 1800; m. 27 March 1S1S Dr. Lyman Huntley; 
she d. 29 Aug. 1885; res. Brockport, N. Y.; has son Byron E. 8 , 
president Johnson Harvester Co., Batavia, N. Y. 

ix. Ashbel' b. 15 Dec. 1803 ; m. 23 Sept. 1829 Betsey Barnes ; he d. 6 
July 1881. " Lent and Ashbel were noble men." 


Abel 6 (Levi 5 , Abel*) b. 22 July 1774; m. 11 Feb. 1798 Lucy 
Osborn of Waterbury, Ct.; he d. 12 Oct. 1831; she d. 1 June 1850. 
Res. Windham, Camden, N. Y. 

Children : 

899. i. Selden 1 b. 2 June 1799 in Windham. 

900. ii. Leverett" b. 18 Feb. 1801 in W. 

901. iii. Lorenzo 7 b. 25 Sept. 1S03 in W. 

iv. Merritt 1 b. 7 Oct. 1S05 in W.; m. 4 July 1S27 Harriet Rice of Cam- 
den ; m. (2nd) 9 March 1S71 Maria S. Matthews of Oswego, N.Y.; 
no ch.; he d. 2 Nov. 1SS4 ; editor, etc.; Dem.; "Liberal" ; res. 
Geneseo, 111. £^™ See below. 
v. Polly 1 b. 7 Aug. 1S07 in W.; d. 11 May 1808. 

902. vi. Polly Cooley 1 b. 1 Dec. 1S09 in Camden. 

vii. Horace Osborn 1 b. 11 Aug. 1814 in Camden ; d. 2S Oct. 1831. 

Abel" settled in Windham, N. Y., whence he removed to Cam- 
den in 1808. 

"ZW We quote the Geneseo Republic of Nov. 7, 1884 : — " Mr. 
Merritt Munson died at his home in this city at 10 o'clock last 
Sunday night, after a painful illness of several weeks, of gastric 
and other troubles incident thereto. He was among the pioneer 
citizens of Geneseo, having come here in 1852, since which time 
he has been identified with the interests of Geneseo, and of Henry 
County. The township of Munson adjoining Geneseo on the 
south bears his name, and the business portion of Geneseo at 
present was originally his property, being now known as ' Mun- 

Clan Abel*: Merritt 1 . 859 

son's Addition.' He was editor and proprietor of this paper in 
i860, at which time he conducted it as a neutral journal. He was 
a profound thinker and vigorous writer ; and besides his news- 
paper work, several books and pamphlets and numerous writings 
for the press were the fruits of his literary labors. During his 
active business career, his fellow-citizens honored him with such 
official positions as he would consent to hold. He served them a 
long time as justice of the peace, and was the first president of 
our town council. For a number of years he has lived a retired 
life, but up to his last and fatal illness he preserved to a remark- 
able degree his mental and physical powers, and few men were 
his match as conversationalists. His reasoning powers were very 
acute, and in argument upon topics which interested him, oppo- 
nents always found him alert and able. If he possessed one virtue 
that might be extolled above another, it was integrity. Though 
firm and unyielding in his opinions, men who differed from him 
found him ever willing to concede to them all that was right and 


Lud Augustus" (Levi", Abel 4 ) b. 21 Aug. 1781 ; m. 4 Dec. 1803 
Hulda dau. of Daniel Wilson ; he d. 29 Nov. 1840 ; she d. 18 Feb. 
1864, a. 80. Res. Torrington, Ct. 

Children : * 
i. William W. 7 b. 22 March 1805 ; m. 1832 Lucretia Palmer ; he d. 21 
June 1850 in Winsted. 

ii. Mary M. 1 b. 16 Aug. 1806 ; m. 30 May 1830 Albert B. Wilcox ; he 
d. 28 Sept. 1891, re, 92 ; res. on farm in Bristol, Ct. 

iii. Lemuel H.' b. 18 Aug. 1808 ; m. 30 Sept. 1S33 Clarinda dau. of 
Thomas R. Bull of Winchester ; he d. 26 Oct. 1879 ; res. Bristol, 
Waterbury, Ct. He was admitted to the Cong. Ch. in Bristol, by 
profession, 6 Sept. 1840, and by certificate to the First Ch., Water- 
bury, 30 Aug. 1867. 

iv. Lewis Augustus 1 b. 31 May 1811 ; m. 13 Oct. 1863 Anna Yerington 
of Carbondale, Pa.; he d. 2 May 1882 ; jeweller, railroad-agent ; 
res. Bristol, Waterbury; 1 ch. — son b. 13 July 1865, news-agent 
on train. Anna was admitted to Cong. Ch. in Bristol 2 July 
1871. In Nov. 1848 Lewis A.'s jeweller's shop stood opposite 
the Cong. Ch. in Winsted ; he mortgaged it. He was in business 
for a time with his brother at Elkton, Md.; the climate disagree- 
ing, he returned and for thirty years was engaged in railroading ; 
15 years he was agent at Bristol. In March 1882 he was reported 
insane and dependent. 
903. v. Charles M. 7 b. 18 July 1813. 

From Hist. Torrington, in part. 

860 The Miinson Record. 

vi. James P. 1 b. n March 1S16 ; m. Oct. 1839 Ellen Barrows of Cin- 
cinnati ; he d. 25 Sept. 1S48 in Winsted. 
vii. Martha W. 7 //. 3 July 1S19 ; m. 17 April 1843 Mason W. son of 
Capt. Stephen Fyler, of Winsted, b. 7 Oct. 1S10 ; she d. 13 March 
1846 ; 2 ch., dec. 
viii. John C. 7 b. 1 Nov. 1823 ; m. 7 April 1850 Mary M. Clark of New 
Haven ; he d. 23 March 1874 in Waterbury. He was chosen 
guardian by his nephew Wm. W. 8 in 1863. 

When a young man, Augustus went from Hanvinton to Tor- 
rington, where he married. 


William' (Nathaniel 5 , Abel 1 ) b. 25 Nov. 1765 ; m. Hannah Gris- 
wold b. 27 Dec. 1767 ; he d. 29 April 1828 ; she d. 25 April 1851. 
Carpenter, perh. ; res. Goshen, Ct. 

Children : 

904. i. William 7 b. 7 May 1796 in Goshen. 

905. ii. Benjamin 7 b. 1 July 1798 in G. 

iii. Abigail 7 ^. 23 Jan. 1802 in G. ; d. 24 June 1805. 

906. iv. Asahel 7 b. 23 Sept. 1805 in G. 

v. Nathaniel 7 b. 8 Oct. 1810; d. n June 1823. 

William 6 is said to have been a sailor, while young. He pur- 
chased one-twelfth of a sawmill (and of 4 acres on which it stood) 
" situate on the East Branch of Sheppaug River in Litchfield," — 
in Milton Soc. about three-fourths of a mile north of the meeting- 
house and one-half mile north of Welches Forge ; date, 13 Dec. 
1796. About three years later he purchased another fraction of 
the property. He was still one of the owners of the mill in 
March 1S11. His father presented him 15 Sept. 1800 with 12 
acres "bounded north and west on my own land." William was 
admitted freeman at Goshen 15 Sept. 1800. He was chosen 
highway-surveyor in 1800 ; he was chosen lister in 1800, 1802 and 
1803. Wid. Hannah had a home with Benjamin' and afterward 
with William'. 


Anna 6 (Nathaniel 5 , Abel 4 ), m. Seth Griswold. 
Children : 
i. Abigail 7 b. 1791 in Litchfield, Ct.; m. Alban Spencer of L. ; he d. 
1S61, a. 77; she d. 1874, a. S3 ; removed to Alexander, Gen. Co., 
N. Y., and abt. 1820 to Barre, Orleans Co., where they purchased 
of the Holland Land Company 100 acres of wilderness; 12 ch. — 
(1) Aaron 8 , m. Lydia Dunn, she d. , m. (2nd) Mary A. Clark 
(whose dau., Mrs. F. O. Wisner, res. in Bayard, Neb.), (2) 

Clan Abel 1 : Jacob'. 86 1 

Melinda 8 , m. Joseph Wright in Orleans Co., (3) Anna 8 b. Oct. 
1812, m. David Olmsted (whose son Seymour 9 res. in Albion, 
N. Y.), (4) Jane", unm., res. Albion, (5) Harry 8 , m. Laura Gibbs, 
(6) Catharine 8 , m. Richard Irish, m. (2nd) Orville Thompson, (7) 
Truman 8 , m. Phebe Glidden, both dec, (8) Seth 8 , a lawyer, m. 
Eleanor Prossor (whose son Harry 9 res. in Albion), (9) Mary 8 , 
m. Charles Holmes of Albion a lawyer, (10), (11), (12), d. y. 

Samuel 7 b. 1792 ; m. Mary Lee ; d, abt. 1878 ; 4 ch. — Edwin 8 , 
Carlie 8 , Mary A. 8 , Samuel 8 . 

Melinda', m. Eli Picket ; S ch. — William 8 , Seth 8 , Henry 8 , Ansel 8 , 
David 8 , Betsey A. 8 , Laura 8 , Julia 8 . 

Asenath 1 , m. Benjamin Leason ; 4 ch. — Fred 8 , Benjamin 8 , Jane 8 , 
Alban 8 . 

Julia 1 , m. Vincent Cooley ; 5 ch. — Carlos 8 , Samuel 8 , Vincent 8 , 
Emily 8 , Matilda 8 . 

William 6 (Joseph 6 , Abel') b. 15 Aug. 1774; m. abt. 1800 Lydia 
Hale (sister of Gen. Wm. Hale, War of 1812); he d. 4 March 1832. 
Farmer; Dem. ; res. Salisbury, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Horace 1 b. abt. 1S01 ; unm.; merchant ; d. 17 Nov. 1830, a-. 29. 

907. ii. Henry M. 1 b. 1 April 1804. 

iii. Angeline', m. Gen. Lyman Mower of Woodstock, Vt.; no ch. 

iv. Achsah" b. abt. 1809 ; unm.; d. 14 Aug. 1825, it. 16. 

908. v. Joseph W.' b. n May 1811. 
008-J. vi. Amos Hale' b. 13 June 1819. 

William' lived near his father, and died the same year as he. 


Jacob" (Joseph 6 , Abel*) b. 19 Oct. 1776; m. 1805 Lucy Smith b. 
near Littleton, N. H.; he d. 10 Dec. 1847. Farmer; Dem.; Univ.; 
res. Deerfield, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Salisbury, N. Y. : 

909. i. Henry Jacob 1 b. 26 June 1807. 

910. ii. Erasmus Darwin 1 b. 27 April 1809. 

911. iii. Isaac 1 b. 4 March 1812. 

iv. Lucy 1 b. 31 Oct. 1814; unm.; res. Deerfield, N. Y. (1887). 

v. Achsa 1 *. 18 Jan. 1818 ; m, 22 Nov. 1837 Lyman Marsh of Salis- 
bury, a farmer ; res. (on farm adjoining Gov. H. Seymour's) 
Deerfield, Oneida Co., N. Y.; 1 ch. — Emma 8 b. 29 Aug. 1839 in 
S., m. 28 Oct. 1863 John R. Lewis, a Dern., who is pastor of 1st 
Presb. Ch., Middletown, N. Y. (1 ch.— John H.» b. 3 Jan. 1865 
in Morrisville, N. Y.) 

912. vi. Samuel 1 b. 17 June 1821. 

862 The Munson Record. 

Jacob 7 lived on a farm adjoining his father's. In Jan. 1798 he 
made a sale of 6 acres in the south part of Wallingford. Mrs. 
Marsh represents that Jacob found the strict ideas and customs of 
his father irksome to him, and that as he grew to manhood he 
eagerly embraced the more liberal doctrines preached by Hosea 
Ballou. " My father," she adds, " held the reins of government 
very lightly, yet my brothers, all of them, were good men. I am 
very sure that neither of them ever committed a mean or dishon- 
orable act." 


Abel H.° (Joseph 6 , Abel 1 ) b. 23 March 1779; m. 11 Sept. 1806 
Mary dau. of Atwater Cook; he d. 3 April 1817; she d. 13 Jan. 
185 1, a. 66. Tanner and shoemaker; Dem.; res. Salisbury, N. Y. 


913. i. Ervvin Atwater 1 b. 18 Dec. 1S09 in Salisbury. 

Abel is said to have been successful in business. His father 
and father-in-law were friends who migrated together and settled 
in the same neighborhood. 


Thaddeus 6 (Joseph 6 , Abel 4 ) b. 11 July 1784; m. prob. 1808 
Clarissa Smith (sister of Jacob"s w.), b. 9 June 1790 in Chester- 
field, N. H.; she d. 1833 in Salisbury ; he d. 1839 in Le Ray, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Salisbury, N. Y. 

914. i. Eliza 1 b. 12 Aug. 1810. 

915. ii. Jane 1 i. 16 March 1813. 

916. iii. Thaddeus William 1 b. 15 April 1825. 

Martha 6 (Joseph 6 , Abel 1 ) b. abt. 1790 ; m. abt. 1808 Col. Amos 
Griswold, a successful merchant and man of prominence, Dem. 
and Univ.; she d. 5 Dec. 1828. Res. Salisbury, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Hiram 1 , d. unmarried. 

ii. Elvira 1 b. abt. 181 1 ; m. Dr. William B. Stebbins, grad. of Fairfield 
Med. Col.; he d. 1880; she living in 1S83 ; res. Little Falls, N. 
Y.; 4 ch. — (1) "Jean " R. 8 b. 1836, editor and prop, of the Journal 
and Courier, Little Falls, (2) George G. 8 , m., (3), (4) two dau., unm. 
iii. Elizabeth 1 b. abt. 1814 ; m. Nathan S. Greene, b. in N. Y. S.; she 
dec; res. Milford, Wis.; 3 ch. — two sons, one dau., m. R. Whit- 
man of Little Falls, N. Y. 

Clan Abel 1 : Lyman' '. 863 

George 1 , unm.; grad. of college; wealthy ; res. Columbus, Wis. 
Addison 1 , unm. 

William M.' *. abt. 1824 ; m.; 2 ch.; lawyer ; has been Speaker of 
Wis. House of Assembly ; res. Columbus, Wis. 

Lyman 7 (Ithiel", Titus 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 1781 ; bp. 14 Aug. 1785 ; m. 20 
Nov. 1808, in Westfield, Nancy Porter; she d. 1850, a. 65 ; he d. 
1863, a. 82. Res. Westfield, Ms., Guilford, Medina Co., O. 

Children : 
i. Emeline 8 b. n Oct. 1810; m. unc. 1835 Asahel Dean; he d. unc. 
1857 ; she d. i860— '70 ; 4 ch.— (1) Caroline 9 , res. Cal., (2) Manila 9 , 
res. Cal., (3) George W. 9 , res. Sharon, O., (4) Ithiel 9 , d. y. 
ii. Luzerne 8 b. 3 Nov. 1812 ; d. 4 Nov. 1812. 
iii. Pamelia 8 b. March 1S14 ; d. 30 April 1814. 
iv. Harriet 8 b. 24 Feb. 1S16 ; d. 1 Oct. 1817. 
v. Pamelia 8 b. n June 1818 ; d. 30 March 1819. 
vi. Lyman 9 t>. 11 July 1S20 ; d. 12 Sept. 1843 ; was a medical student, — 

d. before he was admitted to practice, 
vii. Nancy 8 b. n Dec. 1822; m. James Treat; she d. 5 Oct. 1852 at 
Sharon Centre, O.; 4 ch. — Lyman M. 9 , IthieP, Albert 9 , Julia A. 3 , 
(only Lyman M. 9 surviving.) 
viii. Ithiel James 8 b. 4 Nov. 1826 ; m. Mary Ann Carse ; he d. 25 Oct. 
1855 " at River Styx on the old farm." 
917. ix. Albert 8 b. 8 Aug. 1828 at River Styx, Medina Co., O. 

Lyman' was admitted freeman at Wallingford, 13 April 1801. 
He lived some ten years in Westfield, where he worked in Fowler's 
grist mill. He bought of Elijah Porter, 16 March 1809, 60 acres 
in Southwick, bounded N. on Isaac Porter and E. " on the Ledges 
of the East Mountain " ; price, $1000. This he sold in April 1814 
to Lyman Easton for $1300, " reserving to the Grantor the Winter 
rye now growing on said Land." He purchased 28 March 1810 of 
Isaac Porter of Westfield his right in 57^ acres in Southwick. 
bounded E. on the Mountain ; price, $700. He paid $75, 23 April 
1S10, for one acre in Westfield, "in that part of the town called 
little River"; this he sold to Charles Ensign 7 Nov. 1817. A 
mortgage ($296) on 5 acres in W. with Samuel Martindale's dwell- 
ing-house, barn, and shop, was assigned to him in April 1810, and 
by him quitclaimed (for $364) to C. Ensign in May 1812. He 
paid G. Pease $115, 9 May 181 2, for one-half acre "near to 
Fowler's Mill so called," bounded easterly on "two mile brook " 
two rods, " thence in a circular line to a peach tree." 

In 181 7 Lyman 7 and Jacob 7 removed to Ohio, employing a four- 
ox team. They were seven weeks on the way. 

864 The Munson Record. 

Lyman settled in Guilford tp., (Medina county,) then an 
unbroken wilderness, now populous and wealthy. He located 
where the flourishing village of Seville now stands. This region 
was a part of the Western Reserve. 

The pioneer's photograph exhibits a long nose and firm lips 
He was very conservative, — did not welcome such novelties as 
photographs and improved agricultural implements. He was six 
feet tall and strongly built, and claimed that he could walk sixty 
miles a day. On two occasions he walked to Westfield, Ms., and 
back. Albert writes : " I have often heard it said that he had 
helped to clear 3000 acres of land covered with heavy timber." He 
adds — " My mother was of the Porter stock to which General 
Grant belonged." 


Amzi' (IthieP, Titus 5 , Abel') b. abt. 1789; m. 7 Nov. 1814 
Belinda dau. of Timothy Guess, b. 22 Nov. 1792 ; he d. 22 July 
1828 (consump.) ; she d. 15 April 1829. Shoemaker; res. South- 
ington, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Lamira 8 b. 28 Aug. 1815 ; bp. 11 Nov. 1821. 

ii. John Harvey 8 b. Oct. 1817 ; */. 11 Nov. 1821 ; m. a Southern lady ; 
had 4 ch.; planter; res. Napoleonville, Assumption Parish (i.e. 
Co.), La. He once lived with Bishop, grandson of old Dr. Trum- 
bull, in the late residence of Solomon F. Linsley, North Haven. 
Said to have been a joiner. At the age of twenty-two, he was 
"of Beaufort, S. C," I Nov. 1839. When he arrived in Assump- 
tion Parish he had twenty-five cents. He became a producer of 
vast quantities of sugar, and some cotton. He was the owner 
of 350 slaves. He visited his cousin Albert 8 about 1850. The 
Judge received his last letter from John just before the War ; 
he could never get into communication with him afterwards. 
Luzerne I. 8 states that his widow was living as late as 1880. 

iii. Sarah 8 b. 4 Feb. 1821 ; bp. 11 Nov. 1821 ; d. 18 Feb. 1827 (cons.). 

iv. Nancy 8 b. 20 Jan. 1824 ; bp. 27 June 1824. 

v. Susan Maria 8 b. Oct. 1826 ; bp. 30 March 1827 ; d. 19 June 1827 

Amzi resided at South End, just west of the burying-ground. 
The Hist, of New Britain says : " Henry Williams b. 1807 at Ken- 
sington learned the shoemaker's trade of Munson, in Southington." 
April 28, the year of his marriage, Amzi bought two rods of land 
with barn thereon, at the price of $500. Belinda was admitted to 
membership in the Congregational church at Southington 5 Aug. 

Clan Abel 1 : Jacob 1 . 865 

Jacob 7 (Ithiel 11 , Titus", Abel 4 ) b. 16 Feb. 1797 ; bp. 16 April 1797 ; 
m. 2 Feb. 1819 Postrema S. dau. of James Reeves, of Canandaigua, 
N. Y., b. 6 July 1797 in Mt. Holly, N. J.; he d. 13 Nov. 1859 in O.; 
she d. 15 July 1871 in Mich. Carpenter and farmer ; Whig ; 
Episc; res. Brunswick, O. 

Children : 

918. i. Ithiel Luzerne 8 b. 8 Nov. 1819 in Canandaigua. 

ii. James Reeves 8 b. i Nov. 1822 in Guilford, O.; d. 10 Aug. 1823. 

919. iii. George Bartholomew 8 b. 10 Aug. 1824 in Guilford. 

iv. Andrew Noyes 8 b. 12 March 1827 in Brunswick ; d. 15 March 1827. 

920. v. Charles Green 8 b. 8 Oct. 1832 in B. 

vi. Jane Postrema 8 b. 7 Aug. 1838 in B.; a cripple; lives with her 
brother Charles. 

Judge Albert 6 states that the looks and temperament of Jacob 
were different from those of Lyman.' He died in Medina Co. and 
his family have all since moved to Michigan. George B. was in 
Fairfield as early as 1855, Charles G. in Burnswick as late as 1861. 
Jacob's widow and the four surviving children made a sale of real- 
estate in Brunswick 18 April 1861. 

Titus 7 (Ithiel", Titus 6 , Abel*) b. 14 Aug. 1799 ; m. 6 Dec. 1821 
Anna dau. of Amos Harrison of No. Branford (Northford), b. 22 
June 1801 ; he d. 2 May 1842. Res. Wallingford (Northford), Ct. 
Children : 
i. Sarah Ann 8 b. 8 Aug. 1828 ; bp. 30 Nov. 1828 (Northford Rec); m. 
30 April 1850 Enoch F. Camp of Durham ; res. Durham, Ct. ; 3 ch. 
— Lester Milton', Luzerne Munson', Ithiel Harrison 9 , 
ii. Mary Lucinda 8 b. 4 Aug. 1830; bp. 3 Oct. 1830, ib.; m. n Oct. 1852 
Levi Fowler of Northford ; 2 ch. — Eliza Rebecca 9 , Mary Eliza- 
beth 9 , 
iii. Caroline Asenath 8 b. 6 April 1835 ; bp. 31 May 1835 ; IB, 27 Nov. 
1853 Henry Winchester Foote of Northford ; 5 ch. — Wilbur Mun- 
son 9 , Hubert Abiather 9 , Henry Winchester 9 , Edward Harrison', d. 
a. abt. 15, Carrie Elizabeth*. 
iv. Eliza Harrison 8 b. 26 Aug. 1836 ; unm.; d. 4 Aug. 1856 ; her estate, 
$431, was distributed, 25 Sept. 1856, among her three sisters, all 
married, and Ithiel L. 8 Munson. 

921. v. Ithiel Luzerne 8 (changed to Luzerne Ithiel) *. 1 March 1838; bp. 3 

June 1838. 

Titus' was admitted freeman at Wallingford in April 1821. He 
spent his life on his father's old place. In 1827 he received from 


866 The Munson Record 

his father £ of the Peck sawmill, and the same year bought another 
one-sixth. He united with Ira 7 Munson 14 Dec. 1825 in paying 
$750 for 9 acres in Branford (Northford) ; and they made another 
purchase in 1826. Alone he bought real-estate in 1833 and 1842 ; 
while his wife made a purchase in 1834. He made a sale of 10 
acres in Sept. 1839 ; another for $200 in March 1842 ; and his wife 
made a sale in Southington March 1833. 

He was administrator on the estate of his brother Noyes in 1837. 
****** His widow Anna and Amos Harrison were 
administrators on his estate ; inventory, $4,286. Mrs. Anna Mun- 
son was baptized at the Northford Church 2 Nov. 1828, and was 
then admitted to membership. As a widow she married Degroate. 

Lois J. 7 (Benjamin", Lud s , Abel 4 ) b. 31 Aug. 1809 ; m. 31 June 
1830 Bela Bassett, a farmer ; she ^.17 Oct. 1886. Res. North 
Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Julius Green 8 b. 31 July 1831 ; m. 24 April 1854 Emma J. dau. of 
Horace Warner ; foreman boilershop, N. Y., N. H. and H. R. R. 
(in their employ 30 y.) ; res. New Haven ; 1 ch. — Frances Emma 9 
b. 3 May 1855, d. 4 July 1879. 
ii. Edward Whitney 8 /'. 25 July 1834 ; m. 10 May 1865 Ellen M. 
Wooster ; farmer; res. Wethersfield, Ct.; 1 ch. — Benjamin 
Wooster 9 b. 25 Dec. 1870. 
iii. Judson Lorenzo 8 b. 23 Oct. 1838 ; m. 8 May i860 Emily F. dau. of 
Loyal Todd of Hamden ; he d. 16 Oct. 1883 ; painter; 1 ch. — 
Allena Louise 9 b. 13 Feb. 1861, m. 7 Oct. 1885 Dr. Andrew W. 
Lyons, res. Bridgeport, 
iv. Munson A. 8 b. 26 April 1841 ; m. 18 Nov. 1869 Ella Maria dau. of 
Heman Terrell of Hamden ; res. North Haven ; 3 ch. — (1) Jennie 
Ella 9 b. 24 Nov. 1870, m. 18 Nov. 1889 Wallace M. Tuttle of 
Middletown, (2) E. Maria 9 b. 29 April 1873, (3) Edna Louise* b. 13 
Sept. 1875. M. A. B. was a member of the General Committee of 
sixteen to devise and conduct measures for the North Haven 
Centennial of 1886. 

Almond 7 (Almond", Levi", Abel 4 ) b. abt. 1790 ; m. March 1812 
Polly Tarbell of Great Bend ; she d. 19 June 1855, ce. 58 y. 3 m. 1 
d.; he d. 9 Feb. 1864, a. 74 y. 1 m. S d. Farmer; res. Groton, N. 
Y., Great Bend tp., Pa. 

Children : 
i. Thomas T. 8 b. n March 1813 ; d. 19 March 1813. 
922. ii. Chester 8 b. 1 June 1815 at Great Bend. 

Clan Abel*: Almond''. 867 

iii. Miles 8 b. 25 May 1817 ; d. 9 June 1826. 

iv. Esther 8 b. 28 April 1819 ; d. 17 June 1829. 

v. Daniel S. 8 or T. b. 26 April 1822 ; d. 8 May 1827. 

923. vi. Levi W. 8 b. 12 April 1823 at Great Bend, Pa. 

924. vii. Squire M. 8 b. 26 May 1826 in Tompkins Co., N. Y. 

925. viii. Thomas Tarbell 8 b. 7 May 1829, it. 

926. ix. Daniel 8 i. 4 July 1831. 

x. Mercy Ann 8 b. 9 June 1833 ; m. abt. 1849 Elias M c Coy ; she d. 15 
Dec. 1853. 

927. xi. Edward 8 b. n Jan. 1836 at Great Bend. 

Almond' lost one child by lightning. He came to Great Bend 
in 1800 ; resided in Tompkins Co., N. Y., 1824-39 ; then returned 
to Great Bend ; he lived "up above Red Rock." 


Phila* (Almond', Levi 6 , Abel*) b. 8 May 1792 ; m. 27 Nov. 1814 
Silas son of Rev. Daniel Buck ; she d. 24 Feb. 1881. 

Children : 

i. Julius S. 8 b. 20 Nov. 1816 in Susq. Co., Pa.; m. at Great Bend, Pa., 
March 1843 Margaret J. M c Collum ; noch.; she d. in Trenton, Wis., 
Aug. 1846 ; m. (2nd) 1 March 1848 Elsie M. dau. of Newton Hawley 
of Great Bend, b. 20 Aug. 1816 ; she d. 25 Feb. 1875 ; real-estate 
agency; Dem.; Cong.; res. Appleton, Wis. (removed to Wis. in 
May 1844) ; 2 ch. — (1) Elsie M. 9 i. 14 Jan. 1854 in A., m. 26 Sept. 
1877 John Bottensek, an attorney and Rep., Cong., res. Apple- 
ton, (2) Silas N. 9 1. 10 Feb. 1859 in A., m. 25 Sept. 1883 Anna M. 
Butler, dentist, Dem., res. Appleton. 

ii. Eliza A. 8 , m. B. C. Bowman ; res. Williamsport, Pa. A corre- 
spondent speaks of B. C. B. as " one of our most prominent and 
generous citizens." 

iii. Emeline 8 , m. N. H. Griggs ; he dec; res. Great Bend, Pa. 

iv. Lucien 8 , m. Mary Wilmot of Windsor, N. Y.; res. Great Bend. 

v. Sandoval 8 , unm.; res. Great Bend. 

vi. Georgianna 8 , m. S. S. Carpenter ; res. Great Bend. 

Phila' had blue eyes, dark hair, was slim and was just as straight 
as a reed. Her strength of spirit was very exceptional. The date 
of her arrival in Great Bend was March 6, 1800. Her husband's 
father was the first pastor of the Presbyterian church in Great 
Bend ; he did a great and self-sacrificing work for the success of 
the Revolution. 


Samuel S.' (Almond', Levi 6 , Abel*) b. 31 Aug. 1799; m. 1 April 
1823 Phebe Ann Walker b. 6 Sept. 1802 in Saratoga, N. Y.; he d. 2 
Feb. 1887 ; she d. 7 May 1887. Farmer; Rep.; Meth.; res. Fowler- 
ville, Mich. 







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Children : 

i. Lydia W.' b. 23 March 1824 in Windsor, N. Y.; m. 27 Nov. 1861 Ery 
M. Spencer; teacher; Pro.; Bapt.; res. Fowlerville, Marquette, 
Mich.; 1 ch. — Jennie A. 9 b. 7 Aug. 1863, grad. high school, 
attended Ypsilanti Normal Sch., teacher in Fowlerville. 
ii. Amanda* b. 17 Nov. 1825 in W.J d. 15 Jan. 1847 ; superior teacher ; 
Meth. ; in young ladies' sem., Brooklyn, N. Y. 
928. iii. Charles H. 8 b. 17 June 1827 in W. 

iv. Adelaide S. 8 b. 4 Aug. r82g in W.; m. n Oct. 1866 James B. Lowe; 
no ch.; he dec; res. Brooklyn, N. Y., Fowlerville, Marquette, 
Ferdinand Walker 8 b. 31 March 1831 in W. 

Albert S. 8 b. 13 March 1S33 in Great Bend, Pa.; d. 20 April 1849. 
Isabella Maria 8 b. 9 March 1835 in G. B. 

Benjamin G. 8 /5. 25 Feb. 1837 in G. B.; d. 25 Feb. 1864; teacher; 
Meth. He was a sergt. in Co. L, 10th Mich. Cavalry, patriotic 
and ambitious ; over-exertion in the discharge of his duties 
brought on typhoid pneumonia which terminated a career that 
was brilliant with promise, 
ix. Melvin C. 8 b. 23 May 1840 in Camillus, N. Y.; d. 22 Feb. 1862. He 
was corporal in 9th Mich. Inf'y ; died of typhoid fever. His com- 
rades bore the highest testimony to his worth as a man and a 
soldier. He and his two soldier-brothers all died Christians, and 
all lie buried in Kentucky soil, 
x. Clara G. 8 b. 17 Feb. 1842 in C; m. 27 Feb. 1867 Rufus H. Fowler 
of Fowlerville ; she d. 4 Feb. 1870 ; Meth.; 2 ch. — (r) Mary 9 b. 21 
Feb. 1867 in Howell, m. 15 July 1890 Lon R. Chaffee, a painter and 
carpenter, res. Howell, (2) Arthur 9 b. abt. 25 Feb. 187 1, d. at 7 mo. 
xi. Edwin W. 8 b. 25 July 1844 in C; m. 4 Dec. 1870 Amelia J. Bennett 
of Howell ; he d. 9 Nov. 1873 ; res. Fowlerville, Mich.; 1 ch. — 
Arthur Clinton 9 b. 30 Sept. 1871, unm., civil engineer, res. Ains- 
worth, Neb. 
xii. Ida D. 8 b. 1 Sept. 1846 in C; d. 18 April 1849. 

It is said that Phebe Ann had a brother C. I. Walker who 
formerly gave lectures on law in Mich. Un. and that his son is 
a professor in that institution. Samuel and Phebe had nearly 
sixty-four years of married life together. They lived two and one- 
half miles from the village of Camillus until their children were 
grown up, when the family removed to Michigan. Samuel S. was 
a man 'of means, — and, F. W. M. adds — " one of God's noblemen." 

Levi 7 (Almond 8 , Levi 6 , Abel*) b. 18 March 1801 ; m. 7 Jan. 1828 
Susan Ackerman b. 22 Oct. 1808 in Westchester, N. Y.; she d. 30 
Sept. 1866; he d. 4 April 1873. Farmer; she Presb.; res. Great 
Bend ("Egypt"), Pa. 

Clan Abel*: Seldeti 1 . 869 

Children, b. in Great Bend : 
Elizabeth Caroline 8 b. 1 Feb. 1829. 
Frances Mahala 8 b. 27 July 1831 ; m. Moses Foreman, &c; d. 19 

March 1884. She was not born well. 
Phebe Ann 8 b. 7 July 1835. 

Benajah 7 (Almond', Levi 6 , Abel') b. 10 June 1805 ; m. 20 Oct. 
1833 Almena Winters b. 2 July 1814 in Harmony, Pa.; he d. 9 Jan. 
1885. Farmer; Rep.; Meth.; res. Muscoda, Wis. 

Children, b. in Great Bend : 

933. i. Lucy J. 8 b. 24 Sept. 1835. 

ii. Amasa T. 8 b. 27 Feb. 1838 ; d. 9 Jan. 1862 ; soldier in the War. 

iii. Elsie 8 b. 23 Oct. 1842 ; m. 1. June 1871 Horace F. Perkins of 
Chicopee Falls, Ms.; she d. 15 March 1872 ; 1 ch. — Frank A.' 
(fem.) b. 3 March 1872 in Webster City, la., res. Muscoda, Wis. 

iv. Esther 8 (twin) b. 23 Oct. 1842 ; m. 2 Jan. 1S62 Andrew S. Leonard 
of Greenfield, Ms., a contractor, (a soldier in the Rebellion ;) res. 
Sioux Falls, So. Dak., Salt Lake City, Utah ; 5 ch.— (1) Delia 9 , m. 
Charles Dickey, res. Cambra, Wyo., (2) Walter 9 , m., res. Omaha, 
Neb., (3), (4), (5), John 9 , Grace 9 , Harry 9 , with their parents. 


Seidell 7 (Abel", Levi 6 , Abel') b. 2 June 1799 ; m. 4 May 1825 
Amanda dau of Manning Barnes; she d, 1 Dec. 1869; he d. 22 
Jan. 1873. Farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. West Camden, N. Y. 

Children, b. in West Camden : 

934. i. Lucy Amanda 8 b. 2 Sept. 1827. 

ii. Albert Selden 8 b. 22 Dec. 1830 ; m. 27 Dec. 1858 Elizabeth Mc- 
Whorter ; house-builder; Dem.; Presb. ; res. Geneseo, 111.; I 
ch. — son, d. a. 4 mo. 

935. iii. Mary Annis 8 b. 16 Jan. 1836. 

iv. Almira P. s b. 11 Sept. 1838 ; m. 25 March 1869 Leander H. M°Kee, 

a machinist and Rep.; res. Frankfort, N. Y.; 1 ch. — d. at 2 y. 
v. Merritt Manning 8 b. 16 June 1840 ; m. June 1866 Helen Jones ; he 
d. 27 Dec. 1876; contractor for railroad buildings; unc. Cong.; 
res. Norwich, N. Y.; 1 ch. — Cornelia Almira 9 b. abt. June 1874 
or 5, d. abt. 1890, res. Norwich, N. Y. 


Leverett 7 (Abel , Levi 6 , Abel') b. 18 Feb. 1801 ; m. 28 Sept. 1824 
Elisabeth Potts of West Camden ; 1 ch.; m. (2nd) 13 Dec. 1828 
Betsey Sperry ; no ch.; he d. Oct. 1868. Shoemaker, farmer, rail- 
road station-agent ; res. West Camden, N. Y. 

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Child : 
i. Caroline Elisabeth 6 , m. George I. Crawford ; res. Baxter, Jasper 
Co., la.; 5 ch. — (i) William Edgar 9 b. March 1847, (2) Lewis 
Ferdinand 9 b. 13 Sept. 1852, (3) Horace Munson 9 b. 4 April 1855, 
(4) Alice 9 *. 1857 or 8, (5) Carrie 9 b. 1862 or 3. 


Lorenzo' (Abel 8 , Levi 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 25 Sept. 1803 ; m. 31 Dec. 1827 
Polly dau. of Zophar Barnes; she d. 1 Dec. 1884; he d. 29 Sept. 
1892. Farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. West Camden, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Lorenzo W. s b. 14 June 1S29 ; m. 9 Oct. 1855 Eliza Ann dau. of 

Stephen R. Potter ; no ch.; farmer ; res. West Camden, 
ii. Horace* b. 3 July 1835 ; d. 19 April 1851. 

Lorenzo' and Polly of Camden made a sale of real-estate in 
Plymouth, Ct., 5 Nov. 1832. He lived in Camden ever after he 
was six years old. He visited his sister Polly C. Sept. 15, 1892, 
partook of the Lord's Supper at church Sept. 18, and was taken 
sick the next morning. 


Polly C (AbeF, Levi 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 1 Dec. 1809 ; m. 8 May 1832 
William Bird ; she living 1S93. Res. Camden, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Susan Ellen 3 b. 30 Dec. 1833 in Windsor, X. Y.; m. 6 Sept. 1853 

William H. Owen ; res. Parkersburg, la.; I ch. living, 
ii. Lucy Adelaide 8 b. 6 Nov. 1836 in Camden ; m. at Alder Creek 24 
Feb. 1S59 Leander Traffarn ; he d. 1S78 ; res. Camden ; 4 ch. — of 
whom George L. 9 b. 28 May 1S62, survives, m. 9 Jan. 1895 Marian 
T. Wood, life ins. and music instructor, res. Camden. 
iii. Harriet Louise 3 b. 9 Feb. 1S40 in C; unm.; res. Camden. 

Much of our knowledge of the descendants of Abel* comes 
indirectly from Mrs. Bird. 

Charles M. r (L. Augustus 8 , Levi 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 18 July 1813 ; m. 5 
Jan. 1843 Elizabeth Follows of Philadelphia b. 14 Jan. 1825 ; she 
d. 16 Sept. 1850 ; he d. 3 Feb. 1857 (bur. in Phila.). Had jewelry 
stores in Phila. and Md.; res. Philadelphia. 

Children, b. in Phila.: 
i. George Augustus 8 b. 16 May 1843; unm.; mail-carrier in Phila., but 
now at Continental Hotel ; res. Philadelphia. 


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ii. William Wilson 8 b. 24 April 1846 ; m. 14 Sept. 1869 Nellie Louisa 
Seymour of Waterbury ; iron-driller at clock shop ; res. Water- 
bury, Ct.; 2 ch.— (1) Lillie Wardell 9 b. 5 Dec. 1871, m. 7 Sept. 
1893 George H. Crane of Woodbury, bookkeeper at Steele & 
Johnson's, res. Waterbury, (2) Flossie Belle 9 b. 24 Jan. 1882, d. 4 
Feb. 1882. 
iii. Edwin Follows 8 b. 17 Aug. 1849 ; unm.; d. 21 April 1879 I carpen- 
ter ; res. Waterbury. 


William' (William 1 ', Nathaniel 6 , Abel') b. 7 May 1796 ; m.; 3 
ch.; she d. 15 July 1827 ; m. (2nd) Betsey Sutton of Ontaria Co., 
N. Y., b. 6 April 1805 ; he d. 28 Dec. 1879. Farmer; res. Way- 
mart, Wayne Co., Pa. 

Children : 
i. Mary 8 b. 21 July 1819 ; 3 ch.; d. 12 Feb. 1854. 

ii. Caroline 8 b. 3 Oct. 1820 in Parma, Orleans Co., N. Y.; m. 27 Dec. 
1846 Sidney N. Bushnell ; she d. 1 Nov. 1893 ; res. Bethany, Pa.; 

2 ch.— (1) Helen M. 9 b. 3 March 1851, m. 17 Oct. 1883 Thomas L. 
Fortnam, res. Tyler Hill, Pa., (2) Clarence Munson 9 * b. 2 Feb. 
1856, m. 29 Nov. 1892 Harriet Day Eames of Buffalo, (dau. 
Edwine Bushnell 10 b. 10 May '95,) grad. Princeton '77, A.M. '95, 
attorney-at-law (of Box, Norton & Bushnell), Buffalo, N. Y. 
Mrs. S. N. B. was a member of the Episc. Ch., and is certified as 
excellent and estimable. 

iii. Alvira 8 b. 28 Sept. 1826; m. L. M. Sears; res. Honesdale, Pa.; 1 
ch. — Cora 9 . 

936. iv. William 8 b. 17 March 1829. 

v. Amanda Delina 8 ^. 10 Oct. 1830 ; m. April 1859 Etsel B. son of John 
Gilmore (and Delina Sutton sist. of William''s wife) ; he d. 26 
March 1879, <z. 54 y. 11 m. 9 d. ; res. East Carlton, N. Y. ; 3 ch. — 
Nettie 9 b. 1 April i860, m. 22 Nov. 1885 Wallace J. Stroyan, a 
butcher, res. Sawyer, N. Y., (2) Elizabeth D. 9 b. 17 March 1866, 
unm., res. Sawyer, (3) Jennie L. 9 b. 7 May 1869, unm., res. Carl- 
ton Centre, N. Y. 

vi. Martha 8 b. 16 Oct. 1832 ; m. Ripley C. Bird of Penfield, N. Y.; he 
dec; res. Dyberry, Pa., she res. with bro. William 8 ; 1 ch. — Mel- 
ville D. 9 b. 11 April 1866, trainman, res. Scranton. 

937. vii. John Belcher 8 b. 2 April 1836 at Waymart. 

viii. Henrietta 8 b. 2 Oct. 1839; m. William C. Stevens; she dec; res. 
Hollisterville, Pa.; 5 ch. — 2 sons, 3 dau., of whom Clara 9 , res. 
Ix. George Francis 8 , b. 1 Nov. 1841; m. Adaline Squires, Clinton, Pa.; 

3 ch. — 2 dau., 1 son. 

William' is said to have been the father of fourteen children. 
He is said likewise to have lived in Monroe Co., N. Y. In 1833 

•An eloquent address spoken by him in the Spring of 1895 was published in a Buffalo news- 

872 The Munson Record. 

he removed from N. Y. State to YVaymart, Pa. He rented a farm 
six years from the Spring of 1S36 to 1842 ; the rest of his life was 
spent on the farm which he had cleared, which his son George F. 
now occupies. 

Benjamin 7 (William 6 , Nathaniel 5 , Abel') b. 1 July 1798; m. (by 
Rev. Isaac Jones) in Conn. 21 Aug. 1821 Minerva dau. of Noah 
Beach : she d. 5 Feb. 1874 at Middletown, N.Y.; he d. 12 Jan. 1878 
at M. Had a farm ; res. N. Y. State. 

Children : 
i. Edwin 6 b. 13 July 1824 in Goshen, Ct.; d. 4 June 1842 at Bethany, 
Pa. ; farmer. 

938. ii. Elizabeth 6 b. 17 Oct. 1826 in Goshen. 

939. iii. Louisa M. 8 b. 4 Dec. 1836 at Canaan, Pa. 

Benjamin* "spent his younger days in the central part of N. Y. 
State, and at one time worked on the River St. Lawrence in the 
lumber business." He returned to Goshen and married. For 
several years, he and his wife took care of his grandfather and 
grandmother Munson — as long as they lived. Benjamin removed 
to Wayne Co., Pa. in 1833 and resided several years at Bethany, 
where he was justice of the peace, and in 1846 was treasurer of 
the county. He next lived a few years in Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., 
after which he took up his abode in Middletown. 


Asahel 7 (William", Nathaniel 5 , Abel*) b. 23 Sept. 1805 ; m. 22 
Feb. 1824 Charlotte dau. of Joseph Knowlton, b. 6 March 1807 in 
Leicester, Vt.; she d. 8 May 1885 ; he d. 23 Oct. 1891. Farmer ; 
res. North Parma, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Betsey H. 8 b. 4 May 1830 in Monroe Co., N. Y.; unm.; the care of 

an insane father and an invalid sister has fallen to her lot ; res. 

North Parma. She has aided us with knowledge. 
ii. Frances E. 8 b. 5 Oct. 1833 in Monroe Co., X. Y.; unm.; res. North 


Asahel "came from Connecticut, I think, in 1823." 


Henry M. T (William 8 , Joseph 5 , Abel*) b. 1 April 1804; m. 28 
April 1835 Almira Goodrich at Brunswick, O., b. 29 Jan. 1807 at 
Turin, X. Y. ; he d. 15 Nov. 1853. Physician ; res. Charlotte, 

Clan Abel": Amos H? 873 

Children : 
i. Martha Maria 8 b. 28 March 1S37 ; m. Feb. 1859 D. B. Sherman, 
a farmer; he d. 25 Dec. 1862 ; res. Bracewell, O.; 1 ch.; m. (2nd) 
B. C. Allen ; no ch.; res. Newton Falls, O.; 1 ch. — Henry Mun- 
son 9 , occ. ins. -office, d. ce. 25. D. B. S. enlisted for three months 
at the first call for 70,000, then for three years, and was killed. 

ii. George 8 b. 13 Aug. 1841 ; he d. 14 May 1862 ; in a hardware-store. 

iii. Jennie 8 b. 9 May 1846 ; m. 12 Aug. 1874 S. T. Green, a dealer in 
farming implements ; res. Charlotte ; 1 ch. — Carl Munson 9 b. 20 
June 1875. 

Henry M. graduated at Fairfield Medical College in 1834 ; 
resided in North Royalton until May 1845 ; then removed to the 
county seat of Eton Co., Mich. He was a county judge of that 


Joseph W. 7 (William , Joseph 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 11 May 181 1 ; m. 16 
March 1834 Catharine M. dau. Samuel M c Chesney, b. 24 Aug. 1814 
in Springfield, N. Y.; he d. 24 March 1872. Farmer; Rep.; Univ.; 
res. Le Ray (P. O., Evans Mills), Jeff. Co., N. Y. 

Children : 

940. i. Horace W. 8 b. 16 Jan. 1835 in Salisbury, N. Y. 

ii. Ellen C. 8 b. 25 July 1836 in Salisbury; m. 10 Oct. 1861 Morgan 
Shimmel, a farmer and Rep.; Bapt.; res. Evans Mills. M. S. was 
in the Army nine months; has been assessor 3 years. 

941. iii. Seymour H. 8 b. 25 Jan. 1840 in Le Ray. 

iv. Oscar D. 8 *. 13 May 1843 in Le Ray; d. 7 Oct. 1864 ; enlisted for 
nine months in the Union Army Sept. 1864. 


Amos H.' (William' 1 , Joseph', Abel 4 ) b. 13 June 1819 ; m. 3 Feb. 
1840 Lydia S. White of Salisbury b. 13 Sept. 1819 ; 3 ch.; she d. in 
S. 20 Nov. 1853 ; m. (2nd) 1 Jan. 1856 Susan L. dishing (Searles) 
b. 10 Aug. 1824; 3 ch.; he d. 1 April 1886. Res. Charlotte, Mich. 

Children : 
i. Augusta 8 b. 3 Dec. 1840 ; m. 3 Dec. 1861 Lucius B. Brockett, a 
hardware-dealer; she d. 21 Feb. 1881 ; res. Charlotte, Mich.; 
4 ch.— (1) Frank M. 9 *. 2 Oct. 1862, m. 1 Nov. 1889 Effie Bene- 
dict (two ch.*), hardware, res. Bad Axe, Mich., (2) Benjamin D. 9 
b. 16 Sept. 1865, m. Dec. 1891 Georgia Hammontree (one ch.f), 
hardware, res. King Fisher, O. T., (3) Myron 9 b. 5 July 1868, res. 
Charlotte, (4) Anna 9 b. 30 March 1869, res. Charlotte. 

* (1) Grace 10 b. 1890, (2) Francis'" b. 1892. 
+ Lawrence 10 b. Jan. 1893. 

874 The Munson Record. 

ii. Mary A. 8 b. 19 May 1843 ; m. 20 Oct. 1868 Daniel P. Sagendorph, 

an attorney-at-Iaw ; she d. 30 March 1878 ; res. Jackson, Mich.; 

2 ch. — (1) Kate 9 b. 6 April 1870, (2) William 9 b. 1 June 1871, 

attorney-at-law, res. Jackson, Mich, 
iii. Alice L. 8 b. 13 April 1852 ; d. 25 Aug. 1853. 
iv. Melvin W. 8 b. 31 May 1857; hardware; res. Charlotte, Mich, 
v. Morton L. 8 b. 10 Nov. 1861 ; m. 30 April 1885 Charlotte Simpson 

b. 20 Feb. 1865 ; res. Detroit, Mich.; 1 ch. — Amos H. 9 b. 2 June 

vi. Susan 8 b. 26 Oct. 1866 ; m. 15 Sept. 1887 James H. Newton ; res. 

Charlotte, Mich.; 1 ch. — Irene 9 *. 26 Aug. 1888. 

Amos' lived on his father's farm until about 1863, when he 
removed to Charlotte, Mich., and engaged in the hardware- 
business, — said to have been popular and prosperous. He was 
justice of the peace, e. g., 1853. 


Henry J. 7 (Jacob 6 , Joseph 6 , Abel 4 ) b. 26 June 1707; m.j 2 ch.; 
m. (2nd); no ch.; in. (3d) in Texas, Kate — ; 1 ch.; he d. 11 Aug. 
1853. Physician ; Dem.; Presb.; res. Evans Mills, N. Y., Kosci- 
usko, Miss., Coldwell, Tex. 

Children : 
i. Annie J. 8 b. 1839; m. 27 Aug. 1859 James Jeffries; she d. 26 May 
1861 ; 1 ch. — Annie M. 9 b. 22 May 1861 at Cameron, Tex., m. 14 
Oct. 1884 Edward H. Randolph of Rapides Par., La., a lawyer 
and Dem., no ch., "Christian," res. Shreveport, La. 
ii. John 8 , d. 1861. 
942. iii. Lucie Marion 8 b. 15 Nov. 1847 in Coldwell, Tex. 

Henry J' graduated at Fairfield Med. Coll. in 1828 ; practiced 
at Evans Mills until 1835. While in Attala County, Miss., was 
county clerk (abt. 1838). He accumulated quite a fortune by the 
practice of his profession, was widely known, and was much 
esteemed. He was a member of the Texas Senate when that 
Republic was annexed to the United States. 


Erasmus D.' (Jacob 6 , Joseph 6 , Abel 4 ) b. 27 April 1809 ; m. 1 Oct. 
1832 Louisa Tuttle of Salisbury; she d. 22 March 1857, a. 47 ; he 
d. 9 July 1876. Farmer; Rep.; res. Salisbury, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Frederick 8 b. abt. 1834; d. 1 July 1863 in 30th y. ; killed at the 
battle of Gettysburg, — bur. there. 

Clan AM': Isaac'. 875 

ii. Maria 8 b. unc. 20 Feb. 1836 ; m. 19 Sept. 1866 James J. Cook of 
Salisbury; no ch.; he d. 4 Sept. 1880 ; res. Salisbury. 

iii. Martha 8 b. 1845 ; m. James Pratt of Salisbury, a merchant ; 3 ch.; 
he d. unc. June 1880; res. Charlotte, Mich., of which J. P. 
became mayor ; 3 ch. — 2 dau., 1 son. 

Erasmus D. lived on the family homestead until about 1870 ; he 
spent the rest of his days in Charlotte. For many years he was a 
justice of the peace and was the principal legal adviser in his 
neighborhood. He is said to have displayed unerring judgment, 
quaint humor, and a kindness that was proverbial. 


Isaac 7 (Jacob 6 , Joseph 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 4 March 181 2 ; m. 24 May 1836 
Cornelia dau. of Amos. Stebbins of Rutland, N.Y., b. 8 Nov. 1815 ; 
he d. 8 March 1886. Physician, lawyer, pres. Ins. Co.; Dem.; 
Presb.; res. Watertown, N. Y. 

Children : 
943 i. Henry Stebbins 8 b. 19 May 1837 in Rutland, N. Y. 

ii. Frank Hamilton 8 b. 27 Aug. 1839 in Rutland ; m. 27 Nov. 1874 
Eliza Lamb; cashier; Dem.; res. Watertown, N. Y.; 2 ch. — (1) 
Elizabeth Cornelia 9 b. 20 April 1884 in W., (2) Edith 9 . 

Dr. Isaac grad. Fairfield Med. Coll. in 1834, and practiced medi- 
cine at Evans Mills, and then for 13 years at Rutland, N. Y. "As 
a physician, he enjoyed the respect of his professional brethren, 
and by kindness and faithfulness, combined with a well-cultivated 
medical ability, he endeared himself to the community in which 
he practiced." In Dec. 1849 he removed to Watertown, and from 
Jan. 1, 1850 through 1853 he served as county-clerk and clerk of 
the courts of Jeff. Co. In connection with these official duties, he 
took up the study of the law, and in 1852 was authorized to prac- 
tice law in all the courts of the State of N. Y. 

The organization of the Agricultural Insurance Co., begun in 
Aug. 1851, was perfected in March 1853, — a result largely due to 
the persistent energy of Vice-President Munson. The company 
took risks upon farm property exclusively, and in two years 
issued about 1500 policies. Dr. Munson was elected secretary 
May 3, 1855 ; he held the position for twenty-seven years, until 
his election as president April 21, 1882. For about a third of a 
century, he was the acknowledged head of this prosperous insti- 

His "power of organizing co-workers, and arousing enthusiasm 
in their hearts," has been mentioned as his prominent character- 

8y6 The Munson Record. 

istic ; while his buoyant confidence, unselfish devotion and varied 
resources were specific traits accredited to him. A minute adopted 
by the Company's board of directors, three days after his death, 
says : "The native strength and vigor of his mind, disciplined by 
the mastery of two professions, could not but make itself felt 
wherever it was vested with authority. His tireless industry 
seemed to take no note of time ; his capacity of toil grew with 
the demands upon it ; fatigue never relaxed his alertness. . 
But the finest trait of Dr. Munson's nature, was the power of win- 
ning man>- and fast friends. . His impulsive generosity, his 
tender sensibility, his joyousness and geniality, lasting through 
his long and wearing illness* to the day of his death, will ever 
keep his memory green in our hearts." 


Samuel' (Jacob", Joseph 5 , Abel*) b. 17 June 1821 ; m. 1 May 1845 
Ann B. Anderson of Miss. ; he d. 20 July 1868. Planter; Dera.; 
Presb. ; res. Kosciusko, Miss. 

944. i. Henry Jacob* b. 15 Feb. 1S46 in Kosciusko. 

Samuel 7 at the age of sixteen went to Kosciusko, where his 
brother Henry J. already was. He became a wealthy planter, and 
for several years was probate clerk for his county. 

Erwin A. ; (Abel H. 6 , Joseph 5 , AbeP) b. 18 Dec. 1809 ; m. 30 Jan. 
1832 Margaret Petrie of Little Falls b. 10 March 1810 ; he d. 11 
Dec. 1873 ; she d. 18 Feb. 1893. Merchant ; res. Herkimer, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Frances Lansing 8 b. 22 Jan. 1834 in Little Falls ; m. 5 Sept. 1855 
Dr. John Pryne; 1 ch. ; m. (2nd) 15 May 1878 John Witherstine ; 
no ch.; res. Herkimer ; 1 ch. — William Mayton 9 b. 3 Jan. 1868 in 
Trenton, m. n Feb. 1893 Grace Carpenter, both of Auburn, N.Y., 
telegraph operator. 


Erwin Cook 8 *. 23 April 1838. 

Ward Petrie 8 *. 28 Aug. 1844 in Herkimer. 

Mary Helen 8 b. 24 April 1853 ; m. June 1885 Col. T. J. Casler of 

Utica, N. Y.; 1 ch. — Helen Margaret 9 b. 2 March 1888. 
Glen Petrie 8 b. 3 Feb. 1855 ; m. 18 Jan. 1882 Emma Keller of Little 

Falls ; stoves and hardware ; res. Herkimer ; 2 ch. (b. in L. F.) 

— (1) Bessie Louise' b. 10 Oct. 1884, (2) Amos Keller 9 b. 26 Oct. 


He was confined to his house and bed by Bright's disease from Dec. i until March 8. 

Clan Abel': Janc\ 877 

Erwin A. 7 served as supervisor, justice of the peace, and jailer ; 
he served as county clerk two terms and as deputy clerk two 
terms. (Dr. Isaac 7 says he was county clerk eight years.) 


Eliza 7 (Thaddeus' 1 , Joseph", Abel') b. 12 Aug. 1810 ; m. 26 Sept. 
1827 Joseph Sabin son of Augustus Frisbie, b. 10 Feb. 1808 in 
Salisbury, an insurance-agent and Rep.; he d. 28 Dec. 1864 in 
Utica. Univ.; her res. (1893) Utica, N. Y. 

Children : 
Jane Eliza 8 b. 12 Dec. 1S29 in Salisbury ; d. 1833. 
Susan Elvira 8 b. 13 Dec. 1832 in S. ; d. 29 Sept. 1878. 
Byron Sherrill 8 b. 7 Sept. 1835 in S. ; m. 27 Oct. 1873 Emily Gilmore 
dau. of Charles Fairbanks, b. 28 March 1838 in New Hartford, N. 
Y.; civil engineer ; Rep.; Univ.; res. Utica. 
iv. Emma Amelia 8 b. 4 April 1840 in Le Ray, Jeff. Co., N. Y.; d. 30 

Sept. 1841. 
v. Charles Augustus 8 b. 4 Dec. 1842 in Le Ray ; d. 4 Aug. 1844. 

Eliza 7 lived with her grandfather Joseph until a short time 
before his death. 

Jane 7 (Thaddeus", Joseph*, Abel 4 ) b. 16 March 1813 ; m. 19 Nov. 
1832 Doctor William G. Comstock ; 7 ch.; he d. 3 June 185 1 ; m. 
(2nd) 1858 Cleanthus P. Granger ; no ch.; he d. 5 May 1882 ; she 
d. 14 Aug. 1883. Rep.; Univ.; res. (45 yrs.) Evans Mills, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. John Milton 8 ^. 9 Dec. 1834 in Auriesville, N. Y.; m. unc. i860 

Sarah C. Simons ; no ch. ; he d. 29 July 1885 in Watertown, N. 

Y.; chief Western Div. Pension Office; Rep.; Univ.; res. Wash- 
ington, D. C. 
ii. George G. 8 b. 3 Dec. 1837 in unc. Auriesville ; d. 3 July 1841. 
iii. William M. 8 b. 5 July 1840 at Evans Mills ; m. 14 Aug. 1862 Maria 

L. Eddy; no ch.; she d. 28 Sept. 1889 ; merchant; Rep.; Univ.; 

res. Evans Mills ; was 2nd Lieut, in 10th N. Y. Heavy Art'y 

iv. Emma H. 8 b. 3 March 1843 at Evans Mills ; m. 1 March 1S62 Francis 

A. Simons, a Rep., chief bookkeeper in U. S. Treas.'s Office; 

res. 1324 Corcoran St., Washington, D. C.J 5 ch. (b. in W.) — (1) 

Mary J. 9 b. 1864, m. Prof. Ernest Lent, Brandenburg, Germany, (2) 

Sarah C. 9 b. 1867, (3) Roseamond 9 b. 1869, m. Prof. Edward A. 

Ross, Cornell University, (4) Daisy Comstock" b. 1871, m. Victor 

L. Mason, War Dep't, (5) Francis D. 9 b. 1873. 
v. Jane E. 8 b. 5 Dec. 1845 at Evans Mills; d. Nov. 1847. 
vi. Clarence E. 8 b. 1 Sept. 1848 at Evans Mills ; m. 30 Sept. 1S73 Jennie 

S.Jenkins; manager telegraph office ; Rep.; Univ.; res. Ogdens- 

878 The Munson Record. 

burgh, Watertown, N. Y.; 2 ch. (b. at O.) — (1) Charles Guilford 9 
b. 19 May 1876, d. 12 Aug. 1877,(2) Edgar James 9 b. 6 March 1878. 
vii. Charles G. s b. 26 June 1851 at Evans Mills ; m. 14 Jan. 1892 
Florence Baker of Watertown; druggist; Rep.; Univ.; res. 
Watertown, N. Y. 


Thaddeus W.' (Thaddeus", Joseph', Abel 4 ) b. 15 April 1825 ; 
m. 2 Sept. 1847 Fanny M. dau. of Elam Brown, b. 4 Sept. 1826 in 
So. Champion, N. Y. Physician ; Dem.; Univ.; res. M c Dade, 
Bastrop Co., Tex. 

Children : 
i. Thaddeus E. 8 b. 28 Aug. 1848 in So. Rutland, N. Y.; m.; 2 ch.; res. 

Galveston, Tex. 
ii. Clara E. 8 b. 28 Aug. 1850 in DePeyster, N. Y.; unrn. (1893); res. 

M c Dade, Tex. 
iii. Henry J. 8 b. 6 Jan. 1854 in Coldwell, Tex.; unm. (1893); res. 

M c Dade. 
iv. Charlie A. 8 *. 18 April 1868 in Galveston ; res. M c Dade. 


Albert 8 (Lyman 7 , Ithiel", Titus 6 , Abel') b. 8 Aug. 1828 ; m. 14 
June 1854 Harriet Easton, b. 26 Sept. 1831. Farmer, lawyer, 
dealer in hardware, public service ; res. Medina, O. 

Children : 
i. Cora Eugenia 9 b. 10 Feb. 1857 ; unm.; res. at home, 
ii. Lyman Eugene 9 b. 3 March 1862 ; unm.; partner with his father in 
hardware business ; res. Medina. 

Albert's education was acquired in log-schoolhouses, except dur- 
ing two winters. He taught school several winters. He bought a 
farm in 1855 and adhered to agricul- j, 

tural pursuits until 1877. He studied ^r'^^a^x^a^g^j, 
law during the winter months, and was 
admitted to the bar by the supreme court 4 Feb. 1873. 

On the 25 Sept. 1863 he was elected colonel of the 2nd Regt. of 
Ohio Militia, and served until the law creating that branch of the 
military service was repealed. In 1869 and 1870 he was elected 
to represent Medina Co. in the Legislature, serving in all four 
years. In 1877 and 1881 he was elected probate judge of Medina 
Co., serving six years. Ever since Albert was of age, he has 
taken an active part in the politics of his county and State ; was 
one of the organizers of the Republican party ; took an active part 
in the first and second elections of President Lincoln ; and 

Clan Abel': Albert". 879 

stumped the county many times during the War and since that 
era. During the heat of political campaigns, he makes speeches 
night after night. 

Since leaving the bench in 1S85 he has been connected with his 
son in an extensive hardware and queensware business, while also 
practicing law to some extent in his own and adjoining counties. 

The writer enjoyed the hospitality and companionship of this 
able and influential Munson on Thanksgiving day 1884. He was 
informed by a railroad man in Medina that Judge Albert was 
mainly instrumental in building the railroad from Akron to 
Tiffin, 84 miles, which is operated by the B. & O., — all others 
would have given it up. 

It is essential to add that the Judge is a patriot of the most pro- 
nounced type. He expatiates eloquently and unweariedly upon 
the superiority of our native land, our marvellous development, 
our matchless institutions, — a nation the most enlightened, the 
richest and the most powerful on the globe. In the past, the 
present, and the prospective glory of his country, he exults. 


Ithiel L. 8 (Jacob 7 , Ithiel 9 , Titus 6 , Abel 1 ) *. 8 Nov. 1819; m. 15 
June i860 Mary Ann dau. of Frank Carse, b. 24 June 1830 in Co. 
Down, Ire. (vvid. of Ithiel James Munson, Guilford tp., Med. Co., 
O.). Farmer ; Rep.; res. Fairfield (P. O., Ovid), Mich. 

Children : 
i. Lewis Luzerne 9 b. 11 March 1S61 in Fairfield ; m. 24 June 1885 Dora 
May Estey of Owosso ; no ch.; he d. 28 May 1S89 ; bookkeeper ; 
Rep.; res. Owosso, Mich.; grad. Ovid high-school and Eastman's 
Commercial College. ("A fine-looking young man," remarked 
Judge Albert.) 
947. ii. James Jacob 9 b. 20 Aug. 1863 in F. 

iii. Emily Augusta 9 b. 7 Oct. 1867 in F.; m. 25 Dec. 1886 Frisbie 
Squiers of F., a farmer, b. 1865 ; no ch.; res. Fairfield (P. O., 


George B. s (Jacob 7 , Ithiel 6 , Titus 6 , Abel') b. 10 Aug. 1824 ; m. 8 
Aug. 1847 Zelinda Walker dau. of William Peck, b. in Newburg, 
N. Y.; he d. 18 Sept. 1891 of paralysis. Farmer; Dem.; res. Fair- 
field (P. O., Ovid), Mich. 

Children : 
i. Almyra 9 b. 30 June 1848 in Brunswick, O. ; m. 15 Nov. 1S65 
Bradley son of Aaron Bennett, a farmer and Rep.; res. Chapin 
(P. O., Elsie), Mich. B. B. was a soldier in the Secession War. 

88o The Munson Record. 

ii. William 9 b. 27 Nov. 1850 in B.; d. 24 March 1852. 
iii. Charles Bartholomew 9 /'. 30 March 1855 in Fairfield, Mich.; m. 15 

Sept. 1875 Sarah Ann dau. of Wm. Dodge; farmer; Dem.; res. 

Fairfield (P. O., Ovid), Mich. 
iv. Edwin Reeves 9 £. 14 Jan. 1863 in F.; m. 10 Oct. 1883 Lydia Ann 

dau. of James Magee ; engineer; Dem.; res. Fairfield (P. O., 

v. Emma Eliza 9 /'. 7 Feb. 1866 in F.; m. 12 March 1884 Albert son of 

John Van Douser, a farmer and Dem.; res. (P. O.) Elsie, Clinton 

Co., Mich. 


Charles G. e (Jacob 7 , Ithiel 6 , Titus 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 8 Oct. 1832 ; m. 2 
April 1863 Elizabeth A. Tillotson b. 25 Nov. 1837 in Brunswick, 
O. Farmer ; res. Carland, Shiawassee Co., Mich. 

Children : 

i. Ezra W. 9 b. 23 June 1864; unm.; carpenter; res. Indianapolis, Ind. 
ii. Harry N. 9 b. 14 June 1866 ; unm.; works on the home farm, 
iii. Milo C. 9 b. 4 July 1874 ; unm.; res. at home. 

Charles G. owns 120 acres. 


Luzerne IthieF (Titus', Ithiel 6 , Titus', Abel*) b. 1 March 1838 ; 
m. 16 Oct. 1 86 1 Mar}' Brownson dau. of Archibald E. Rice of 
Waterbury. President Apothecaries' Hall Co., public service ; 
Rep.; Cong.; res. Waterbury, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Mary Edna. 9 
ii. Susan Rice 9 , d. y. 
iii. Sarah Rice. 9 

When Luzerne I. went to Waterbury, he had not a dollar, and 
knew not a soul in the place. He received for his services the 
first year, his board and $75 ; the ^-— •» ^^ 

second year, his board and $100. (^7*^?&T/ r yVL04<4~& tr*^ 
He was connected with manufactur- 
ing in Meriden a year and a half ; excepting three years he has 
been connected with Apothecaries' Hall, of which business he 
became the manager in 1863. His father-in-law and himself own 
a controlling interest in this large and flourishing establishment.* 

* Since the above was written Mr. Rice has deceased, and Luzerne has advanced from the 
office of Sec. and Treas. to that of Pres. During 1894 the Company will erect a seven-story build- 
ing, at a cost of $50,000. " The structure," according to the Herald, " will be the handsomest one 
in the city." 

Clan Abel': Chester". 88 1 

Luzerne I. has occupied many various and important official 
positions. In 1883 he had already been for several years chair- 
man of the First Church Society's committee, member of the 
board of sewerage commissioners, five years member of the board 
of fire commissioners, chairman of Republican city committee 
eight or nine years, member of State central committee eight 
years, president of the Pharmaceutical society of Connecticut, 
grand master of the Odd Fellows of the State, about three years 
deputy collector of Internal Revenue ; in 1884 he was delegate to 
the Republican national convention at Chicago, and was also 
elected comptroller of the State of Connecticut ; and among other 
recent official positions he occupies that of president of the Mun- 
son Association. He will be remembered as having given the 
address of welcome at the Reunion in New Haven, 1887. This 
very incomplete account of Luzerne's public services indicates a 
career that is remarkable. We are pleased to add that he became 
a member of the First Church, Waterbury, by profession, 6 July 
1856 ; and that after his return from Meriden, he and his wife 
were welcomed to that church on certificate. 


Chester* (Almond', Almond", Levi 6 , Abel') b. 1 June 1815 ; m. 
11 Jan. 1844 Letitia dau. of William McClellan of Philipsburg. 
Millwright, merchant, lumber-mfr., farmer ; res. Philipsburg, 
Centre Co., Pa. 

Children : 

i. Richard Edward 9 , m. Emma Robinson ; coal-operator and insur- 
ance-agent ; res. Philipsburg. 

ii. Ellen 9 , dec. 

iii. Gertrude Ann 9 , m. Lycurgus G. Lingle ; res. Philipsburg; has a 
son Chester Munson. 10 

iv. James Hale 9 , m. Carrie Sturdevant ; member of mercantile firm of 
C. Munson & Son ; res. Philipsburg. 

v. Carrie Bowman 9 , unm.; res. Philipsburg. 

Chester" abandoned his trade of millwright soon after migrating 
to Centre Co., which was in 1842. The business of his store is 
extensive. He has an interest in a planing-mill at Huntingdon 
and in one at Bedford. Around his lumber-mill near Philips- 
burg, on the Beach Creek R. R., " quite a town has grown up," 
and the R. R. authorities have named the place Munson's Station. 
Chester" is reputed prosperous and wealthy, and is reported as 
prominent in his section, having served as associate judge of 
Centre Co. six years. " Cousin Chester is one of the best of men." 

882 The Munson Record. 

Levi W. e (Almond', Almond", Levi 5 , Abel*) b. 12 April 1823; m. 
abt. 1846 Margaret dau. of David Adams of Clearfield, b. 19 Sept. 
1828 ; he d. 30 Sept. 1886 ; she d. 15 Jan. 1888. Lumber-business ; 
Dem.; Meth.; res. Philipsburg, Centre Co., Pa. 

Children : 
i. Lorenzo Terbal 9 *. 31 Jan. 1S48 at P.; m. 19 July 1883 Sarah Eliza- 
beth dau. of John P. Gephart, b. 16 Jan. 1851 ; in 1887 sec. 
and treas. and director ^r=s^ 

of Bellefonte Iron and / „- 

Nail Co., and sec. and ^^C/ 9?7>7^a^C^ 
treas. of the Bellefonte \. J 

Glass Co.; his unclaim- 

ed letters are returnable to "Munson Glass Co., Limited ;" has 
an appointment in connection with the Penn. exhibit at the Col- 
umbus Fair, Chicago ; Dem.; Episc. ; res. Bellefonte, Pa.; 1 ch. — 
John Gephart 10 b. 6 Jan. 1885 in Bellefonte. 

ii. Emily S. 9 b. 27 March 1851 ; d. 2 Aug. 1851. 

iii. Mary L. 9 b. 9 Aug. 1852 ; d. 22 Aug. 1855. 

iv. Alice D. 9 b. 12 Aug. 1854 ; dressmaker. 

v. Charles A. 9 *. 2 Nov. 1856 ; m. 3 July 1883 Mollie Dunlap ; in 
lumber business; res. Kane, McKean Co., Pa.; 2 ch. — Levi 10 , 
Morris 10 . 

vi. Mercy A. 9 b. 8 Sept. 1858 ; m. 28 Sept. 1876 William McClellan of 
Bellefonte, Pa.; 6 ch. — Margaret 10 , Thomas 10 , Elizabeth 10 , Anna 10 , 
Julia 10 , Grace 10 . 

vii. Leonora A. 9 b. 2 Oct. i860; m. 28 Nov. 1S82 E. W. Snyder of Ply- 
mouth, Luz. Co., Pa.; 3 ch. — Samuel 10 , Isabel 10 , Alice 10 . 
viii. David A. 9 b. 27 Sept. 1S62 ; d. 19 Oct. 1S62. 

ix. Julia A. 9 b. 9 March 1864 ; m. 6 Nov. 1889 G. C. Bollinger of 
Philipsburg ; she was formerly P. O. clerk ; 2 ch. — Malcolm 10 , 
Harvey 10 . 

x. George W. 9 b. 30 June 1866 ; 01. 23 June 1S87 Carrie Baird ; killed 
by cars in Rochester 30 Oct. 1889 ; 1 ch. — Lorenzo 10 . 

xi. Harry C. 9 /5. 16 June 1S68 ; res. Philipsburg. 
xii. Infant b. 4 July 1870 ; d. s. I day. 
xiii. Margaret R. 9 b. 8 Nov. 1871 ; res. Philipsburg. 

At the age of twenty-one Levi W. 8 went from Great Bend to 
Philipsburg and lived at Bowman's Mill, below town, where his 
brother Chester was engaged in lumbering. At marriage, three 
years later, he settled near Clearfield Bridge. About 1861 he 
established his home in Philipsburg. While serving a term as 
sheriff of Centre County (elected 1875), he sojourned in Bellefonte. 
The last four years of his life he managed the large lumbering 
operations of his brother, Chester Munson, at Munson's Mill, on 
the Beech Creek R. R., near town. 

Clan Abel': Thomas T." 883 

During his last sickness his house was burned June 29, 1886. 
His disease was cancer of the pancreas. " He bore his sufferings 
and met his end with a quiet heroism which few men possess. He 
expressed his full hope of pardon and salvation, and spoke in the 
clearest manner of his trust in his Redeemer. A man whose whole 
life, from start to finish, has been an example of integrity and 
uprightness," says the Philipsburg Ledger. He was buried with 
Masonic rites. The funeral cortege was nearly three-quarters of 
a mile long. 


Squire M. 6 (Almond 7 , Almond", Levi 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 26 May 1826 ; 
m. 14 Sept. 1847 Catharine M. dau. of John Blessing of Great 
Bend, b. 1 May 1828 in Albany, N. Y.; he d. 24 Nov. 1888. Dealer 
in flour, feed, meal and grain ; " Butler"* ; res. Lanesboro, Pa. 

Children, b. in Susq. Co.: 

i. Frank T. 9 b. 28 June 1849 ; employed in coal business ; res. 

ii. Almond S. 9 /<. 11 Aug. 1851 ; m, 7 May 1S72 Georgie dau. of L. 

Lyons of Harmony, Pa.; pump business ; res. Lanesboro. 
iii. William G. 9 b. 2 Aug. 1858 ; m. 4 May 1881 Sarah dau. of John 
Carver of Oakland, Pa.; oca, coal ; res. Lanesboro. 

Squire M. 8 fancies that he may be the only Munson who " has 
had a blessing by his side all through life." He has been a justice 
of the peace several years. 

Thomas T. 8 (Almond', Almond", Levi 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 7 May 1829 ; 
m. 28 March 1854 Sarah E. West b. in Albany Co., N. Y.; he d. 11 
Oct. 1887. Merchant ; res. Oakland, Susq. Co., Pa. 

Children : 
948. i. Ada [.' b. n Jan. 1855 in Kirkvvood, N. Y. 

ii. Eva 9 b. 18 Nov. 1856 ; d. y. 

iii. Minnie 9 b, 31 Jan. 1859 in Lanesboro, Susq. Co., Pa.; m. 22 June 
1881 George A. Post, a lawyer ; res. Susquehanna, Montrose, 
Pa., New York City ; I ch. „ ,— . 

-George A.- *. 26 Feb. /^^^ fo UJ^& 
1883. G. A. P. was mayor 

of Susquehanna at the age of 22 ; in 1882 was elected Member of 
Congress for the 15th Dist. of Penn., at the age of 27 — being the 
youngest member of that body. Has been an editor several years, 
—1889— Aug. iSyo on the Ed. Staff of the N. Y. World; since, 
engaged in manufacturing. He is genial, bright, and forceful. 

884 The Munson Record. 

iv. William P.' b. 24 March 1S61 in Susquehanna ; unm.; employed in 
the iron industry : res. Cedartown, Ga. He was for eight years 
a justice of the peace and town treasurer of Oakland, Pa.; and 
was W. M. of his lodge of Masons. 

Thomas T. e was a store-keeper, tavern-keeper, justice of the peace, 
and held the offices of school director and town treasurer of Oak- 
land. The latter office he held many years, though he urged his 
fellow-townsmen to relieve him on account of failing health. The 
request was not granted, however, until his son became of age, 
and was chosen his successor. He was disabled by a stroke of 
paralvsis. He is said to have been a nice man, and to have had a 
nice and smart family. 


Daniel 6 (Almond 7 , Almond 8 , Levi 5 , Abel 1 ) b. 4 July 1831 ; m. 18 
Aug. 1856 Isabella Smith b. 7 July 1836 ; 4 ch.; she d. 25 March 
1864 ; m. (2nd) 8 May 1865 Mary Jane La Gier b. 25 April 1845 ; 8 
ch. Carpenter ; res. Oakland (P. O., Susquehanna), Pa. 

Children : 
i. Edwin W. 9 b. 26 July 1857 ; d. Oct. 1858. 
ii. Chester W. 9 b. 14 May 1859 ; m. Mildred Lown of Susquehanna ; 

machinist ; res. Great Bend, Pa. 
iii. Rosa A.* b. 11 July 1861 ; m. Hughes ; res. East Branch, Del. 

Co.,N. Y. 
iv. Isabella S. 9 b. 22 March 1864 ; m. Sloat ; res. Great Bend, 
v. Polly E. 9 b. 22 Feb. 1866 ; m. Krome ; res. Chenango Bridge, N. Y. 
vi. Emma V. 9 b. 18 Nov. 1867 ; m. Rolliston ; res. New Milford, Pa. 
vii. Mercy A. 9 b. 14 March 1S70 ; res. Halstead, Pa. 
viii. Daniel F. 9 b. 10 Oct. 1S73 ; assists father ; res. Oakland. 
ix. Minnie L. 9 b. 9 Jan. 1876. 
x. Cash L. 3 b. 23 April 1879. 
xi. John L. 9 b. 25 Dec. 1883. 
xii. Estella J. s b. 27 June 1890. 


Edward* (Almond 7 , Almond", Levi*, Abel') b. n Jan. 1836; m. 
3 July i860 Rose E. Lockwood b. 7 Dec. 1838 at Binghamton, N. 
Y. Agriculturist ; res. Hickory Grove, Susq. Co., Pa. 

Children, b. at Great Bend : 

i. James A. 9 b. 24 May 1861 ; m. 19 July 1886 Alvena Fetheroff of 
Binghamton ; clerk in N. Y., L. E. and W. express-office ; res. 
Susquehanna, Pa.; 2 ch. — (1) Maude E. 10 b. abt. 1888, (2) J. 
Edward 10 b. abt. 1891. 
ii. E. Frank 9 b. 22 Nov. 1862 ; m. 26 Jan. 1S89 Bertha Ferry of Milton, 
Pa.; hammersman in machine-shop; res. Milton, Pa.; 2 ch.- — (1) 
George 10 b. abt. 1891, (2) Infant b. 1892. 

Clan AM': Ferdinand W.' 885 

iii. Lillie M." b. 14 Oct. 1864 ; m. at Hickory Grove 12 Dec. 1882 
Richard M. Hendrickson ; 1 ch.— Charles H. 10 b. abt. 1885. 

iv. Ella 9 b. 25 March 1869 ; school-teacher. 

v. Ernest L. 9 b. 19 Nov. 1870; fireman on C, No. and T. P. R. R.; 
res. Ludlow, Ky. 


Charles H." (Samuel S. 7 , Almond", Levi 5 , Abel') b. 17 June 1827 ; 
m. 27 Jan. 1849 Jane L. West of Tecumseh, Mich.; he d. 16 Oct. 
1862. Millwright; Meth.; res. Ypsilanti, Mich., she (now) White 
Pigeon, Mich. 

Children : 

949. i. Ida Amanda 9 b. 26 Nov. 1849 in Williams Co., O. 

ii. Sheldon Samuel 9 b. 24 Dec. 1851 in Williams Co.; d. 23 Dec. 1872 
at Fort Laramie, Wyo. 

950. iii. William Henry 9 b. 13 June 1861 in Ypsilanti. 

At his country's call Charles* left his family to which he was 
devotedly attached, and served as a member of the 1st Corps of 
Michigan Engineers and Mechanics ; when he died in the hospital, 
his captain exclaimed — " There goes the best man of my company." 


Ferdinand W." (Samuel S. 7 , Almond 6 , Levi 6 , Abel 4 ) £.31 March 
1831 ; m. 6 Sept. 1858 Frances R. dau. of Rial Lake, b. 1 July 1837 
in Philadelphia, Pa. Farmer; Rep.; Meth.; res. Howell, Liv. 
Co., Mich. 

Children, b. in H.: 
i. Rial Lake 9 b. 20 Oct. i860 ; d. 19 Sept. 1882 at T.; civil engineer ; 

Meth.; res. Topeka, Kan. E^~ See below. 
ii. Melvin Henry 9 b. 18 Nov. 1864; unm.; d. 10 Sept. 1893; civil 
engineer (C. S. R. R.), Waterman, Cal.,— C. E. for A., T. and S. 
F. R. R. , $1500 salary, res. Topeka, Kan., — engineer (1893) in 
charge of a road building from the City of Mexico to the Pacific ; 
res. City of Mexico, Mex. $£g~ See below. 
iii. Welton Marks 9 b. 8 April 1866 ; unm.; has been a college student, 
a teacher, assistant horticulturist at Cornell Univ., took degree 
of M. S. at Mich. Ag. Coll., 1892, and has become professor of 
horticulture in Maine State College (and connected with Experi- 
ment Station) at Orono, Me. 
iv. Infant*, n May 1877 ; d. 16 May 1877. 

F. W.° has been secretary of the 
Livingston County Agricultural J/ff/f >^^-z^>0 . 
and Horticultural Society. 

J£jgf~ As a child, Rial L.", thoughtful and studious beyond his 
years, very early evinced an unusual aptitude for mathematics and 
the languages ; and his boyish decision to become a civil engineer 

886 The Munson Record. 

never wavered. At nineteen years of age he left the farm, and 
with only self-preparation for that profession, commenced engin- 
eering work on the Atchison, Topeka & Sante Fe R. R., where his 
natural talent in that direction and his intense and conscientious 
application caused him to be rapidly promoted from one position 
to another, until at the early age of twenty — we quote his superior 
officer — " he was made Division Engineer on one of the most 
important and difficult divisions of the road." 

The malaria of Kansas conquered his indomitable will and per- 
severance. During his long and terrible illness the fear that his 
work was needing his presence constantly worried him ; but when 
the R. R. Co. (through the Resident Engineer) signified their 
intention to continue his salary, his characteristic reply was, "A 
man should not be paid for work he does not do " ; to which was 
quickly responded, " The Company can well afford to pay you, for 
you have done two men's work." Long years after, this same 
official writes to his parents : " No brighter, purer, boy ever left 
the East." He died in his twenty-second year. 

1^" In his childhood, Melvin H.°, unlike his brother, was brim- 
ming over with almost irrepressible 
animal spirits. A born leader among 
his playmates, acquiring any knowledge to which he applied his 
mind with great readiness, he easily kept abreast of the older 
pupils in the home school without calling into action the mental 
power he afterward evinced. The departure of his older brother, 
and his rapid promotion in his chosen profession, seemed first to 
awaken him to the possibilities of life, and as one said of him, 
" He went with great bounds," completing a four years' course in 
a high-school in two years. The subject of his graduating oration 
was, "The Railway of the Future." His abounding energy was 
bent upon one object — to be his brother's compeer in the same line 
of work. 

One year after Rial's death, he left the home of his boyhood (at 
the age of nineteen, like his brother) to begin his life work, on the 
same road, the A. T. & Santa Fe. His design was to earn money 
to take him through the University at Ann Arbor, but he could 
never be spared. Possessing mathematical ability nearly equal to 
his brother's, and developing the same absorbing love for the pro- 
fession, Rial's mantle seemed almost from the first to have fallen 
upon him. So perfectly had he won the confidence of his supe- 
riors, that even before he was twenty-one years of age, responsi- 
bilities were placed upon him that might well make older men 
tremble. At twenty-two, he built some of the longest bridges on 


Clan Abel 1 : Melvin H." 887 

the road. At twenty-three, he had charge of track-laying on 
the first railroad through Oklahoma, and the " last spike " was 
given him in recognition of his services. 

During all the next summer, he, with his office-car and a chosen 
crew of young men, was sent all over Kansas wherever rapid 
work was required to save bonds. At Leavenworth, in 1887, 
twelve miles of track must be laid by June 1st or $90,000 in bonds 
would be forfeited. May 25th, Chief-Engineer Kingman called 
him from Abilene to take one end of the track, while he himself 
should take the other. May 31st at 5 p. m. the track was laid, and 
Melvin and his men had laid eight ?niles of it. Where he led, his 
men were ready to follow. 

Called back to California in 1888, he acted as Assistant-Engineer, 
and had sole charge of construction of the road from San Diego 
north on the Pacific Coast, until in Jan. 1889 he went to Mexico. 
At this date we find among his papers the following from Chief- 
Eng. Perris : " Mr. Munson leaves the service of the Company 
simply from lack of work to keep him employed, and being almost 
the last of a large force of engineers lately employed, is the best 
tribute I can pay to his integrity and worth." He had already 
acquired a fair knowledge of the Spanish language and took the 
post of Division Engineer where but one other man in town could 
speak English. 

For the next four years he was connected with the Mexican 
Southern R. R. until its completion to Oaxaca, mostly in charge 
of construction and iron bridge work, and his parents now have 
the "last spike" (silver), driven by the Governor, and engraved in 
Spanish with the Governor's name and the date, presented to 
Melvin as Engineer of the road. The company also gave him a 
cash bonus of $750 for the prompt completion of the work. 

He had commenced at the lowest round of the engineering 
ladder. In less than ten years, the intervening steps had been 
honorably and successfully passed and he was appointed Engineer 
in charge of the Mexico, Cuernavaca and Pacific R. R. Here, in 
the absence of the president, his labors and exposure were too 
much for even his strength ; but, faithful to the last, he fought the 
dreadful fever for weeks, until he completed the Section, and 
turned over the responsibility to other hands. 

He then obtained leave of absence and started for the North, 
reaching Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he hoped to recruit before 
returning home. It was not to be, and the same loving thought 
which concealed his illness when writing home, kept him from 
telegraphing of his danger until it was too late. His parents 

888 The Mnnson Record. 

arrived the day after his departure from Earth. The energy which 
had enabled him to do more of the world's work in his short life 
than most men do in a long life was a surprise to his physicians ; 
but at last his overworked heart could respond no longer to the 
demand made upon it. 

While living, he had abundant proof of the estimation in which 
he was held ; and when gone, his parents were overwhelmed with 
expressions of his worth. One says : " When I met him in 
Oaxaca, he was a perfect athlete, strong, active, popular, wonder- 
fully versatile in everything pertaining to his profession, and with 
the knack of getting good work out of the peons. I attended a 
banquet in his honor." Another says : " He was regarded as the 
best young engineer in Mexico." President Hampson writes : 
" His future promised nothing but good to himself, and to all who 
were associated with him." He has made his mark. His work 
will live. Rial and Melvin have shown how, without the advan- 
tage of wealth, farmer's sons, with pluck, brains and integrity, may 
climb the heights of success. 

Isabella M." (Samuel S.', Almond", Levi', Abel') b. 9 March 
1S35 ; m. 12 Sept. 1856 Levi A. Loveland b. 30 April 1829 in 
Smithfield, N. Y., a florist and Pro.; she d. 20 Oct. 1867. Meth.; 
res. Newark, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Allen Walker 9 b. April 1858 in Liberty, Md.; d. July 1858. 
ii. Dwight Munson 9 b. 8 Nov. 1859 in Clockville, N. \.\d. 13 Dec. 

iii. Bradford Churchill 9 //. 18 Feb. 1862 in Newark ; m. 14 Oct. 1891 

Christian May b. in England, dau. of Bishop Edward Wilson, 

D. D., of Metuchen, N. J.; phy- 
sician ; Pro.; Meth.; res. Clifton /q? // /? &* y? 

Springs, N. Y. He was a grad. of ^'~J&>~<& '</iX^ 

Newark Academy 1884, and is 

now member of the Faculty of Clifton Springs Sanitarium. Two 

ch.— (1) May Wilson 10 b. 7 May 1893, (2) Bradford Churchill 10 *. 

24 Sept. 1894. 
iv. Anna Maria 9 b. 18 Dec. 1863 in N.; m. 25 Sept. 1890 Lysander M. 

Woodworth of Caz.; res. Cazenovia, N. Y. 
v. Horace Hall 9 b. 9 March 1866 in N. 

Elizabeth C. 8 (Levi 7 , Almond 6 , Levi', Abel') b. 1 Feb. 1829 ; m. 
20 May 1847 Cornelius Ronk, a farmer. Meth.; res. Bingham- 
ton, N. Y. 

Clan Abel': Lucy J." 889 

Children : 
i. Levi E. 9 b. 26 Sept. 1848 at Great Bend, Pa.; d. 20 March 1877 ; 

telegraph-operator; Dem. ; Meth. 
ii. William T. 9 b. 21 Nov. 1855 at Binghamton ; m. 29 Oct. 1879 Tensie 

E. dau. of Levi Crocker, b. 13 May i860 in East Union, N. Y.; 

carpenter; Dem.; res. Binghamton; 2 ch. — Neil' b. 25 April 

1881 at B., (2) Levi 10 b. 20 April 1884 at East Union, 
iii. Frank C. 9 b. I March i860 at B.; d. 16 Nov. 1862. 
iv. Susie H. 9 b. 24 April 1865 at B. ; m. 5 Nov. 1882 Charles A. son of 

John Burns, a farmer and Dem.; res. Binghamton; 1 ch. — 

Clarence M. 10 b. 9 May 1884 at B. 


Phebe A. 8 (Levi', Almond 6 , Levi 1 , Abel 1 ) b. 7 July 1835 ; m. 20 
Nov. 1857 John F. son of Benjamin Fletcher, $.21 May 1837 at 
Edmeston, N. Y., a farmer and Rep. Res. Osborne Hollow, 
Broome Co., N. Y. 

Children : 

i. F. Alzina 9 b. 30 Dec. 1859 at Binghamton ; m. 6 Oct. 1878 William 

Henry Anderson ; she d. 28 June 1883 ; res. Osborne Hollow ; 2 

ch.— (1) William M. 10 b. 29 Aug. 1880 at O. H., (2) Charles F. 10 b. 

4 March 1882 at Binghamton. 

ii. George A. 9 b. 29 April 1862 at B. ; farmer; Rep.; res. Osborne 

iii. Caroline A. 9 b. 12 Feb. 1866 at Great Bend, Pa.; house-keeping; 

res. O. H. 
iv. John A. 9 *. 3 Aug. 1868 at G. B.; d. 23 Aug. 1868. 
v. Margaret A." b. 8 Oct. 1869 at G. B.; res. O. H. 
vi. Charles A. 9 b. 1 Jan. 1873 at G. B. 
vii. Erwin A. 9 *. 24 July 1876 at G. B. 
viii. Levie A. 9 b. 5 April 1878 at Windsor, N. Y. 


Lucy J. 8 (Benajah 7 , Almond", Levi 6 , Abel 4 ) b. 24 Sept. 1835 ; m. 
7 Oct. 1858 Warren S. Dimock of Montrose, Pa., a farmer, Dem., 
and member county board 9 years. Res. Avoca, Wis. 

Children, b. in Pulaski, Wis.: 
i. Warren' b. 14 Sept. 1859; m. at Montfort, Wis. 15 Dec. 1886 Clara 
A. Stevens ; lawyer, State's attorney ; res. Menno, So. Dakota ; 
2 ch.— (1) Murray Stevens 10 /;. 15 Dec. 18S9, d. 5 April 1891,(2) 
Lucy 10 *. 22 Nov. 1891. 
ii. Harry A. 9 b. 6 Aug. 1861 ; m. at Avoca 7 Aug. 1889 Nettie Hamil- 
ton ; pharmacist ; res. Madison, Wis. 
iii. Minnie E. 9 *. 14 May 1862 ; m. 28 Dec. 1892 Edward G. Schwingle, 
a farmer ; res. Pulaski, Iowa Co., Wis. 

890 The Munson Record. 

iv. Asa Q. 9 b. 14 April 1865 ; student of State University at Madison, 

Wis. (1893). 
v. Rue 9 />. 22 Dec. 1869 ; m. 26 Feb. 1888 John J. Skinner, a banker ; 
res. Menno, So. Dakota ; 4 ch. — (1) Esther 10 b. 3 June 18S9, (2) 
Dorcas 10 b. 27 Feb. 1891, (3) George Warren 10 b. 6. Aug. 1892, d. 

a. 3 mo., (4) John Lloyd 1 " (twin) b. 6 Aug. 1892, d. a. 3 mo. 

Lucy A. 8 (Selden 7 , Abel", Levi 5 , Abel*) b. 2 Sept. 1827 ; m. 16 
Sept. 1845 Samuel Lewis Smith, Camden, N. Y., a farmer and 
Rep. Cong.; res. West Camden, X. Y. 

Children, b. in Camden : 

i. George Hiram 9 b. 4 July 1846 ; m. 27 Oct. 1S69 Carrie E. Simons of 

Camden ; merchant ; res. Camden ; 4 ch. — (1) Edwin Lewis 10 b. 

24 Aug. 1871, (2) Lucy Helen 10 b. 25 April 1874, (3) Florence 

Mira 10 *. 22 Aug. 1880, (4) Wilbert Barnes 10 *. 4 March 1883, (all 

b. in C.) 

ii. Lucius Selden 9 *. 17 Sept. 1850; m. 7 Jan. 1875 Adelaide J. Clem- 
ents of So. Rutland, N. Y.; farmer ; res. West Camden ; 1 ch. — 
Merritt Everett 10 b. 29 July 1879. 
iii. Albert Henry 9 b. 25 Jan. 1853 ; m. 5 June 1S79 Eunice Anna Laney 
of C; physician; res. Camden. 

iv. Annis Amanda 9 b. 14 Dec. 1858; grad. of Mt. Holyoke Sem.; 
teacher in Watertown, N. Y. 

v. Arma Anna 9 b. 12 Oct. 1866 ; student at Mt. Holyoke Sem. 1885, 
now (1893) missionary at Constantinople. 

Mary A. f (Selden 7 , Abel e , Levi 5 , Abel') b. 16 Jan. 1836; m. 11 
Jan. 1859 John Wesley Gamble of W. Camden, railroad-office and 
Rep. Presb.; res. Watertown, X. Y. 

Children, b. in W. Camden : 
i. Mira Delaney 9 b. 20 Oct. i860 ; res. W. 
ii. Charles Willard 9 b. 12 June 1864 ; res. W. 
iii. John Munson 9 b. 28 March 1866 ; res. W. 
iv. George Curtiss 9 b. April 1869 ; d. July 1870. 


William* (William', William 6 , Xathaniel 5 , Abel') b. 17 March 
1829 ; m. 25 Xov. 1852 Adelia dau. of Ward Samson of Waymart, 
Pa., b. 18 May 1829 ; she d. 9 Xov. 1891. Carpenter, pattern- 
maker ; res. Scranton, Pa. 

Children : 
951. i. Charles 9 b. 26 Aug. 1853. 

ii. Willie 9 b. 11 Feb. 1855. 

Clan Abel 11 : John B.' 891 

iii. Annetta' b. 1 Oct. 1857 ; m. 13 Sept. 1876 Joseph A. Mears, a mer- 
chant, b. 13 Aug. 1853 ; res. Scranton ; 1 ch. — Archibald 10 b. 16 
March 1878. 

iv. Eddie 9 b. 9 Sept. 1861. 

v. Carrie 9 b. 13 Sept. 1863 ; in. 3 Dec. 1885 William Hagen, b. 28 Sept. 
i860, a salesman ; res. Scranton ; 2 ch. — (1) Helen E. 10 b. 27 Dec. 
1885, (2) Frank H.'° *. 30 May 1890. 

vi. Anna 9 b. 1 Jan. 1867 ; school-teacher ; res. Scranton. 

John B. 8 (William', William", Nathaniel 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 2 April 1836 ; 
m. 10 Jan. 1864 Minerva Augusta dau. of Virgil Brooks of Riley- 
ville, Pa., b. 14 Feb. 1838. Farmer; Bapt; res. Scranton, Pa. 

Children : 
i. Dewey Sheridan 9 b. 1 Nov. 1864 at Black Hawk, Col.; d. 18 Nov. 

ii. Mattie Augusta 9 b. 26 Dec. 1865 at B. H. 
iii. Minnie May 9 b. 27 Nov. 1867 at Dalton, Pa. 
iv. Mamie Frances 9 b. n Feb. 1869 at Honesdale, Pa. 
v. Margie Olive' /'. 28 Nov. 1870 at D. 
vi. Medie Bell 9 b. 8 Sept. 1872 at D. 
vii. John Horace 9 b. 3 May 1874 at D. 
viii. Centenni L. 9 b. 29 Aug. 1876 at D. 

John B. 8 went in 1856 to Iowa, and in 1858 to Colorado and 
New Mexico, "one of the first prospectors in that country." He 
assisted in building the first house in Colorado City ; it was 20 by 
30 feet, made of hewn logs, had a dirt-covered roof and a dirt 
floor, and "was the finest building in the Territory." In March 
1859 he accompanied the first wagons which ever entered the 
South Park. The journal of his travels was published in the 
Wayne Co. Herald, 1867. 

After marriage he returned to Colorado and remained until 
Nov. 1866. In April 1867 he purchased a farm at Dalton, Lack. 
Co., Pa., where he abode until Nov. 1880, when he removed to 
Scranton. He and his wife 2 April 1871 "entered the water 
together and were baptized and received into membership with 
the Valley Baptist Church at Dalton." In 1882-3 their daughters 
were converted, and 25 March 1883 "the five entered the baptistry 
of the Penn. Ave. Bapt. Church at Scranton together and were 
buried in baptism." 


Elizabeth 8 (Benjamin', William", Nathaniel 5 , Abel') b. 17 Oct. 
1826 ; /;/. 19 May 1847 J. Henry Norton b. in Goshen, Ct, a 

892 The Munson Record. 

printer, then publisher of a newspaper at Honesdale, Pa., latterly 
reporter for N. Y. Sun, Herald, and Times. Res. Middletown, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Edwin Malcom 9 /'. 4 May 1S4S in Honesdale ; m. abt. 1871 Jane 
dau. of Jonathan Ogden ; he d. 21 April 1S91 ; printer ; res. Mid- 
dletown ; 3 ch. — Henry M. 10 , Frederick 10 , Mabel 10 . A newspaper 
speaks of E. M. 9 N. as " one of the most perfect masters of the 
pressman's art in this State." Excepting a few years spent in 
Hartford, Ct., and later in N. Y. C, where he was foreman of 
the press-rooms of large printing establishments, his life was 
passed in Middletown. 

ii. Ellen Alice 5 b. 19 Feb. 1849 at Bethany, Pa.; m. in Middletown 23 
Dec. 1875 C. C. son of Senator E. M. Madden; 1 ch. — Alan 10 b. 
abt. 1877. 


Louisa M. 8 (Benjamin 7 , William 6 , Nathaniel 5 , Abel') b. 4 Dec. 
1836 ; m. at Olean, N. Y., 1854, Abram Mabee. Res. Middletown, 
N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Carrol 9 , m. 14 July 1876 Ida Fullerton, niece of Judge Wm. Fuller- 
ton of N. Y. C. 
ii. Cora 9 , m. E. G. Piatt, employed in Custom House, N. Y. City. 
iii. Lizzie 9 , m. ig June 1892 Elisha Haight, a farmer ; res. Matteawan, 
N. Y. 
Two ch. d. y. 


Horace W. 8 (Joseph W.', William", Joseph 5 , Abel') b. 16 Jan. 
1835; m. 2 Jan. 1857 Mary E. Fox. Farmer; Rep.; Univ.; res. 
Philadelphia, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Charles C. 9 b. 15 April 1865 at Le Ray, N. Y. 
ii. Oscar D. 9 *. 10 Oct. 1874 at Philadelphia. 

Seymour H." (Joseph W. 7 , William", Joseph 5 , Abel 4 ) b. 25 Jan. 
1840 ; m. 23 Jan. 1S62 Almeda Burhans ; he </. 4 June 1874. 

Children ; 
i. Lulu M. 9 b. 24 May 1S67 at Le Ray, N. Y. 
ii. Gertrude' b. 30 July 1869 at De Kalb, N. Y. 
iii. Milton W.' b. 20 Feb. 1873 at Le Ray ; d. 1879. 
iv. Seymour H. ' b. May 1874 at Le Ray ; d. 12 Aug. 1874. 

Seymour H. 8 enlisted for nine months in the Army, Sept. 1864. 

Clan Abel": Henry 5." 893 


Lucie M. f (Henry J.', Jacob", Joseph', Abel') b. 15 Nov. 1847 ; 
m. 5 April 1865 Robert Burns, a merchant and Dem. Episc; res. 
Houston, Tex. 

Children, b. at H.: 
i. Robert' b. 26 Aug. 1867. 
ii. Harry Munson 9 b. 5 Sept. 1869. 
iii. Claudia Lucie 9 b. 3 Oct. 1871. 
iv. Edward 9 b. 3 Oct. 1872. 
v. Malcolm 9 b. 12 June 1875. 
vi. Lucille 9 b. 23 Sept. 1881. 

R. B. served in Hood's Texas Brigade, under General Lee. 


Henry S. 6 (Isaac 7 , Jacob", Joseph", Abel') b. 19 May 1837 ; m. 1 
July 1863 Ruth Andrew dau. of Anson H. Allen of Chicago, 111., 
b. 14 June 1839 in Keeseville, N. Y. Lawyer, insurance-manager ; 
Dem.; Presb.; res. Watertown, Buffalo, N. Y. 

Children, b. in W.: 

i. Fannie Cornelia 9 b. 6 Nov. 1864 ; m, 10 Sept. 1890 Arthur L. Coon ; 

res. Seattle, Wash, 
ii. Addie Allen 9 b. n Sept. 1866 ; m. 15 Oct. 1891 Ernest W. Smith ; 

res. Buffalo, 
iii. Charles Isaac 9 b. 5 Aug. 1875. 
iv. Mary S. 9 b. 16 Nov. 1877 ; d. 23 March 1879. 
v. Gertrude C. 9 *. 25 July 1880 ; d. 16 Jan. 1881. 

Henry S. f is manager of the .(Etna Life Insurance Co. for the 
western half of the State of N. Y. He is (1895) president of the 
Life Underwriters' Association of Western New York. 

Henry J. e (Samuel 7 , Jacob , Joseph", Abel 4 ) b. 15 Feb. 1846 ; m, 
22 Nov. 1871 Ella Medora dau. of John Clark, b. 28 Feb. 1852 in 
Kosciusko. Planter; Rep.; Presb.; res. Kosciusko, Miss. 
Children : 
i. Annie 9 /'. 29 Sept. 1872 in K. 
ii. Samuel' b. 21 Sept. 1874 in K.; d. 27 Feb. 1877. 
iii. Henry Jacob 9 b. 15 July 1876 in K. 
iv. Clark 9 b. 8 May 1878 in K. 
v. Fred Brisbine 9 b. 17 Sept. 1880. 
vi. William Otho 9 *. n Oct. 1882. 
vii. Genette Mabel 9 b. 24 Sept. 1887. 
viii. William Walter' b. 8 April 1892. 

Henry J." has the plantation which was his father's. 

894 The Mnnso?i Record. 

Erwin C. 8 (Erwin A. 7 , Abel H. 6 , Joseph 5 , Abel') b. 23 April 1838 ; 
///. 29 Dec. 1861 Emily Eaton of Herkimer. Mfr. of furniture 
(wholesale) ; res. Herkimer, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Frank Erwin 9 b. 25 Sept. 1863; furniture-finisher; res. Herkimer; 
justice of the peace (<?. 27) in 1890, justice for Sessions 1892. 
952. ii. Charles Herkimer 9 b. 16 March 1865. 

iii. Carrie Margaret 9 b. 11 Feb. 1S67 ; m. 3 Aug. 1892 Thomas Wm. 

Davies, b. in Wales, 
iv. Warren Eaton 9 b. 27 Ma}- 1S69 ; m. 13 June 1892 Maude Christman 

of Herkimer; emp. sash and blind mfy. ; res. Herkimer, 
v. Ward Petrie 9 (twin) b. 27 May 1S69 ; d. 9 July 1869. 
vi. Emily Elizabeth 9 b. 25 Feb. 1873 I <£ 3 M a J" 1873. 
vii. Alida Herkimer 9 b. 26 Sept. 1875 ; d. II Jan. 1878. 
viii. Mary Helen 9 b. 27 Dec. 1878. 


Ward P. 6 (Erwin A. 7 , Abel H. 6 , Joseph 5 , Abel') b. 28 Aug. 1844 ; 
m. 9 Sept. 1867 Lizzie Preston of Oswego. Express-agent (20 yr. 
in '84), telegraph-office, clothing-store ; res. Herkimer, N. Y. 

Children, b. in H.: 
i. Margaret Petrie 9 b. 18 Aug. 1868. 
ii. Ward Preston 9 b. 18 May 1873. 
iii. Archibald Atwater 9 b. 5 July 1875. 

James J.' (Ithiel L. 8 , Jacob', IthieP, Titus', Abel*) b. 20 Aug. 
1863 ; m. 21 April 1886 Anna Squiers of Fairfield b. 19 June 1866 ; 
she d. 15 March 1893. Farmer, stock-raiser; Rep.; res. Fairfield 
(P. O., Ovid), Mich. 

Children : 
i. Lew H.' b. 4 March 1889 ; d. 15 March 1893 of diphtheria. 
ii. Ivadell 10 *. 28 May 1890. 

Ada I.' (Thomas T.", Almond', Almond*, Levi 5 , Abel 4 ) ^.11 Jan. 
1855 ; m. 11 Jan 1872 Thomas Graham, an Englishman and 
machinist. Res. Susquehanna, Pa. 

Children : 
i. Gertrude M. 10 b. 14 Oct. 1872; unm.; res. Susquehanna, 
ii. Charles W. 10 b. 9 Aug. 1877. 
iii. Sarah A. 10 b. 13 July 1880. 

Clan Abel'': William H* 895 


Ida A." (Charles H. 8 , Samuel S.', Almond 6 , Levi 6 , Abel') b. 26 
Nov. 1849 ; m. 19 April 1869 Joseph G. Plowman. Res. White 
Pigeon, Mich. 

Children : 

i. Jessie L. 10 b. 26 July 1871 in Ypsilanti, Mich.; d. 19 Jan. 1882 in 

W. P. 
ii. Jennie Grace 10 /;. 27 March 1878 in W. P.; student in high-school 

Ida A.° is treasurer Woman's H. M. S. of Mich, conference. J. 
G. P. has been Supt. of schools in W. P. over twenty-two years. 
He is handling " Plowman's Removable Chalk-Rack," and (with 
another) the "Cyclone Fanning Mill." 


William H.° (Charles H. 8 , Samuel S. 7 , Almond", Levi 6 , Abel 4 ) b. 
13 June 1861 ; m. 27 Dec. 1882 Mary A. Pierson. Teacher; res. 
Hillsdale, Mich. 

Children : 
i. J. G. Stanley 10 b. 12 Feb. 1884 in La Grange, Ind. 
ii. Harold 10 b. 9 Aug. 1886 in Centreville, Mich. 

William H." is a graduate of Olivet College (1892), and is now 
professor of biology in Hillsdale College. 

Charles 9 (William 8 , William', William'', Nathaniel 6 , Abel') b. 26 
Aug. 1853 ; m. 10 July 1882 Jennie Thirwell b. 10 Nov. 1856. 
Machinist ; res. Scranton, Pa. 

Children : 
i. Jean 10 6. 12 Dec. 1886. 
ii. Willard 10 *. 23 April 1889. 
iii. Maurice 10 b. 16 Oct. 1892. 

Charles H." (Erwin C. 8 , Erwin A.', Abel H.", Joseph', Abel') b. 
16 March 1865 ; m. 17 June 1885 Mamie E. Burk. Runs engine 
for elec. lights ; res. Herkimer, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Lawrence Erwin 10 b. 7 Aug. 1886 in Herkimer, 
ii. Margaret F. 10 b. 3 Sept. 1888 in H. 

896 The Munson Record. 

Clan Ephraim. 4 

Joseph*, Samuel*, Thomas 1 . 

Ephraim 4 b. 5 Nov. 1714 in Wallingford ; m. May 1739 Comfort 
dau. of Nathaniel* and Sarah (Hall) Curtiss of Wallingford, b. 13 
Oct. 1716 ; he d. 21 Sept. 1770. Husbandman ; res. Branford, Ct., 
Granville, Ms. 

Children : 

954. i. Jesse 5 b. i Dec. 1740 in Branford. 

955. ii. Jared 6 b. abt. 1742. 

iii. Margery 5 b. 1744 ; she received at the age of about 27 a share of her 
father's estate, viz., ,£41.9.7. 

956. iv. Ephraim 6 b. 1745. 

957. v. Thaddeus 6 b. 1747. 

vi. Comfort 5 (twin) b. 1747 ; tn. Lemuel Bancroft ; he d. 1801 ; res. 
Granville, Ms. L. B. was son of Jonathan, son of Samuel, the 
first settler in Granville 1735-6. Granville sent 60 men on the 
alarm of Lexington, whose first-lieutenant was Lemuel Bancroft 
of Southwick. L. B. buried three daughters 1775-6 ; he appears 
to have had a son Nathaniel ; his son Lemuel, jr., died in the far 
West ; another son, White, had Levi of Westfield, Ethan, and a 
dau. who m. Root of Westfield. Lemuel and Comfort " of Gran- 
ville " 1 April 1782 sold Jesse 5 Munson, "gentleman", all the 
lands distributed to them from their father Ephraim's estate ; 
price, £40. Jesse Munson in Nov. (acid 22 Nov.) 1804 sold to 
Nathaniel Bancroft for $60 a tract in East Parish, Granville, 
bounded E. 26 rods on Southwick line. It included " a Mill 
seat," the pond covering about ^ acre; and "the privilege of 
crossing the Brook in the usual place about 20 rods from said 
Bancroft's dwelling house." Wid. Comfort, and Nathaniel Ban- 
croft of Granville, clothier, 25 Nov. 1804 quitclaimed to Jesse 
Munson land in the East Parish of Granville ; price, $60. 

vii. Hannah 5 b. 1749 ; m. John Ford ; res. Stockbridge, Ms. In 1772 
she was owning land inherited from her father which was 
bounded easterly on Westfield line; in 1774, being a " singlel 
woman" and "of Granville" she conveyed to Jesse inherited 
lands — " the Seventh Lot on the Plain and Seventh Lot on the 
Mountain" ; John and Hannah 5 7 Feb. 1798 quitclaimed to Jesse 5 
all title to the estate of Ephraim 4 Munson and their right of 

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viii. Adah 5 b. 175 1 ; m. Stephen Wright ; res. Granville. Stephen and 
Adah 5 25 April 1776 for ^40 transferred to Jesse 5 two pieces, all 
the land which Adah inherited from her father; in 1798 Adah 
quitclaimed to Jesse 5 her right in the paternal estate and her right 
of dower, 
ix. Jemima 5 , m. 16 March 1790 Eleazer Willcox (rec. Farmington) ; res. 
Granville, Ms. (1798). Jesse 5 7 May 1771 was appointed guardian 
of Jemima 5 , " a minor above 14 years old." She owned land 
bounded easterly on Westfield line in 1772 ; and Feb. 1, 1773, 
being a " singel wooman of Lawfull age," she conveyed to Jesse 5 
for ^38 the " lands I had out of my fathers estate, and also my 
write to a sawmill " (£ of it). E. W. in 1798 quitclaimed to Jesse 5 
his right in Ephraim 4 's estate and also his right of dower. 

Ephraim 4 appeared in Court 4 June 1729 and made choice of 
Ichabod Merriam as his guardian; bond, £300. Jan. 1, 1728 
there was distributed to Ephraim at the age of thirteen from his 
father's estate "Land Upon y e west Side of y e River" near Dea. 
Eliasaph Preston's, valued at ^5t.i3-i 3 / 9 ; quantity about 32^ 
acres, as determined in 175 1. May 19, 1736 (three years before his 
marriage), he paid the estate of Dorcas Wheeler ^120 "currant 
money " for 25 acres of Sixth Division land in Branford, — adjoin- 
ing to yf Dividend line between yf Towns of Branford and Wall- 
ingford on y e North side of y e highway to Pauge,* so called " ; 
dated, "in yf Ninth year of y e Reign of our Soveraign Lord 
George the Second of great Brittain & King annoque Domi 1736." 
In March 1736 he sold S. Cook and N. Bedle 37 acres in Walling- 
ford " mesered from y e west end of a large tract belonging to y e 
heirs of Ens. Joseph Munson ;" and 5 Feb. 1765 (after his removal 
to Mass.), he sold his brother Joseph his interest in the land on 
which his brother was dwelling and which had been the home- 
stead where their father last dwelt ; and the 19th of the same 
month he sold his sister Abigail Merriam of Wallingford 15 acres 
" over ye West Rocks," and 10 acres " East side of y e High 
Rock," both in New Cheshire parish. Ephraim's ear-mark, 
entered at Branford 28 April 1 741, was "a hollow Cross off yf right 
ear, and two half pennys yf upper side of y e Left ear." We quote 
a Wallingford record : 

" December the 13 day 1735 
then sold by John andrus to ephrem monson 
booth of Wallingford A dark brown mair coming three 
yers old no brand pris=i2 — 0=0 " 

* For many years Northford was known by the Indian name of Paug. My scribe, Miss Nettie 
C. Smith, points to an ancient advertisement of John Maltby (a fuller) in the Connecticut Journal 
of Nov. 25, 1801 : 

" He lives in Northford, a place called Pog, 
North from Branford, along as you'd Jog." 

898 The Munson Record. 

Ephraim' was still "of Brandford " 11 March 1742; he became 
an early settler of Granville, Ms. This township was bounded 
south by Connecticut line, its eastern boundary was 4$ miles west 
of the Connecticut river, and it extended 15 miles to Farmington 
river, with a breadth of from 5 to 7 miles. It was bounded east- 
erly by Westfield,* of which Southvvick was then a part. The 
territory was sold in 1686 by Toto an Indian to Cornish, for a gun 
and 16 brass buttons, and in 1718 was conveyed to "a set of pro- 
prietors." The name originally applied to the place was Bedford. 
It became known as the District of Granville in 1754, and was 
organized as a town in 1786. The first settler, Samuel Bancroft, 
in 1735 built his rude log-cabin, to which he brought his family 
the following year. " The next settlers," according to Holland's 
History of Western Massachusetts, included Ephraim Munson, 
Jonathan Rose and Daniel Cooley. 

Ephraim Munson of Branford and Nathaniel Byinton of Guil- 
ford 11 March 174^ purchased of Dr. N. Morrison of Hartford "a 
certain piece or parcell of land in the Township of Bedford 
County of Hampshire and province of the Massachusetts bay in 
New England . Containing Five Hundred Acres," bounded W. 
in part on " Doctt Cotton Mathers Heirs," and E. on Westfield ; 
price, ^425. In Sept. 1746 Ephraim acquired 236! acres of the 
above tract which belonged to Byington, at a cost of ^200. In 
June of the same year he bought of Nathaniel Gillet 20 acres " in 
a place knowne by the Name of Soddom plane." (Sodom Moun- 
tain was on the east boundary of Granville.) Being "of the Dis- 
trict of Granville," "Husbandman," 2 Feb. 1759 he purchased of 
A. Walling of Boston 386 acres, bounded E. "on Westfield 

The old account-book of Ephraim' has this : 
"May 11 1770 then Reckened with Sharon Rose 
and to Ballance Book there Remanes Due to me 
the sum of one pound nine Shillings and two pence 

Sharon Rose 
Ephraim Munson " 
The administrators of Ephraim's estate took a receipt 23 Dec. 1771 
from Amos Bancroft for "the sum of seven pounds Two shillings 
and Eleven pence two Farthings it being my Equal part in the 

*That part of Westfield which projected into Conn., was annexed to Suffield and Conn, in 
1805. Illustrating the complications in that region, it is said that Roger Moore was born in West- 
field, Hampshire Co., lived in Simsbury and Granby, Hartford Co., died in Southwick, Hamden 
Co., and yet never left the place of his birth,— a citizen of two States, a resident of three counties, 
a voter in four towns. 

Clan Ephraim*: /esse''. 899 

Personal Estate Left by s? Dec? Eph. Munson." There is also in 
the Will* of Nathaniel Curtiss, 30 June 1759 — " Item to my Daugh- 
ter Comfort the wife of Ephraim Munson I give and bequeath fifty 
Shillings Lawfull money of this Coloney." Comfort afterwards 
married Bishop. 

Ephraim's death was memorable. While manufacturing potash 
at a late hour in the night, he slipped into the cauldron of boil- 
ing lye ; he leaped out, but survived only a few hours. 


Jesse 5 (Ephraim') b. 1 Dec. 1740; m. May 1766 Miriam 
Raleigh; he d. 27 April 1813. "Yeoman", "gentleman"; res. 
Granville, Ms., Granville, O. 

Children : 

958. i. Lydia 6 b. 18 Jan. 176S in East Granville, Ms. 

ii. Lovisa 6 b. 16 Aug. 1769 ; m. C. Dickinson ; 4 ch. — (1) Cromwell 7 , (2) 

Jesse M.', (3) Alpheus 1 , (4) Comfort 1 , 
iii. Miriam 6 b. 29 June 1771 ; m. Samuel Clark ; 6 ch. — (1) Delilah', (2) 

Miriam 7 , (3) Raleigh 1 , (4) Matilda', (5) Miletus'. (6) Nancy', 
iv. Comfort 6 , m. Jasper Marvin of Granville, Ms.; (3 ch.;) he dec; m. 
(2nd) Landon ; (1 ch.;) 4 ch. — (1) Susan', m. E. Walden, whose 
dau. Catharine 8 m, Albert J. 
Myer, whose dau. Helen 
Walden 9 Myer res. Washing- 
ton, D. C, (2) Comfort', (3) 
Sylvanus', (4) Munson 1 . 

v. Adah 6 b. 16 July 1775 ; m. Justin Hillyer ; res. Granville, O.; 11 
ch.— (1) Rhoda', (2) Adah', (3) Justin 1 , (4) Truman 1 , (5) Sally 1 , (6) 
Orlena', (7) Virgil 1 , (8) Horace 1 , (9) Lydia 1 , (10) Lewis 1 , (n) 
George'. Adah 6 is said to have been very handsome ; the older 
girls thought their father was partial to her. The eleven children 
were all married, and widely scattered through Kansas, Cal., etc. 
In 1840 Adah's husband with their sons and sons-in-law made a 
dozen voters for General Harrison ; the youngest son was just 
of age, and cast his first vote. 

959. vi. Jesse 6 b. 12 Nov. 1777. 

960. vii. Jeremiah R. 6 b. 27 May 1780. 
viii. Clarissa 6 b. 9 June 1782. 

961. ix. Augustine 6 b. 30 Sept. 1783. 


Jesse', yeoman, 9 Jan. 1772 paid his brother Jared' ^50 for the 
lands inherited from his father : one piece bounded south on the 
County Road fifteen rods, and north on Jesse's own land ; the other 
bounded north on Hannah 1 , south on Jemima 6 , and east on West- 

' This Will, proved 15 April 1763, mentions " all my negrows.' 

900 The Munson Record. 

field line ; the dwelling-house on the first lot was not included. In 
Feb. 1773 he bought of Jemima 6 her inherited lands and one-half 
of a sawmill. In May 1774 he purchased of Thaddeus 5 his 
"dividend in lands," bounded E. partly "on land in possession of 
my mother Comfort Bishop." In November of the same year he 
bought of Hannalr her heritage in real-estate. In April 1776 he 
secured the lands which Adah 5 inherited from her father. In 
April 1782 he paid Comfort 5 £40 for her inheritance. In June 
1783 the land distributed to Ephraim 5 from his father's estate was 
conveyed to him. 

November 23, 1804, Jesse 5 conveyed to John Rothbane and Jonas 
Stanbery of N. Y. C. 320 acres — the southern half — of his 386 
acre tract, bounded E. on Southwick line and S. on Rose, Gillet, 
and Bancroft ; price, $4,246. The north half of a 70 acre lot was 
quitclaimed to E. Strong in 1814 for S IO °- 

In 1805 Lieut. Jesse 5 at the age of 65, emigrated " with his entire 
familv" to Ohio, a part of the colony of Granville people who 
settled Granville, Ohio. The colonists purchased 12,000 of the 
16,000 acres comprising the township, together with 16,000 acres 
in other townships. Jesse 5 Munson's share was 1500 acres, larger 
than that of any other colonist. Some had as little as 100 acres. 

Marvin M. 7 understands that his grandfather was of medium 
height, a little full in habit, of fair complexion, and possessed of 
a full, clear voice ; that he was quiet in movement, self-possessed, 
stern in deportment and speech — altogether a man of command, an 
English gentleman of the olden time. He and his three sons all 
voted for Jefferson in 1804, and for Madison in 1808 and 1812 ; 
and they advocated and sustained the second war with England. 
The history of Lieut. Jesse 5 and of his sons Major Jeremiah 6 and 
Gen. Augustine" is interwoven with the history of their County 
and State ; and it is said that much has been published concern- 
ing them. The author copied from a stone at Granville the fol- 
lowing : 



is rvcctct! to ttit fSUtmtg of 


ON THE 27 th 

Day of April 

A.D. 1813 
Aged 72 Years. 

Clan Ephraim*: Jared''. 901 

affluent in the place of his nativity 

he submitted to the privations of a wilderness 

for the advancement of his children and friends. 

he lived to see their glowing prospects 

ripening into reality 

and when consigned to the dust 

the silent eloquence of all bespoke 

There lies our Father. 

Jared 5 (Ephraim 4 ) b. abt. 1742 ; m. Annorah dau. of Joseph 
Hale; 8 ch.; she d. 3 Aug. 1785; m. (2nd) 19 Jan. 1786 Bridget 
Utley ; 4 ch.; she d. 29 Aug. 1832, a. 79 ; he d. 30 July 1823, in his 
82d year. Yeoman ; res. Manchester, Vt. 

Children : 

962. i. Jared. 6 

963. ii. Rufus 6 b, abt. 1763. 

iii. Marcia 6 , d. 12 May 1797 (not harmonize with x). 

iv. Mary Ann 6 , m. Curtis ; res. Leeds Co., Can. 

964. v. Warren 6 b. abt. 1769. 

965. vi. Ephraim 6 b. 1769. 

966. vii. Anna 6 b. 7 Aug. 1777 in Lanesboro, Ms. 

967. viii. Joseph Hale 6 /'. 3 July 1779 in Manchester, Vt. 

ix. Betsey 6 ^. 27 Oct. 1786 in Manchester; unm.; d. at Nunda, N. Y. 
x. Marcia 6 b. 24 Aug. 1788 in M.; m. Richard Lock ; no ch. 
xi. Henry Utley 6 b. 6 Dec. 1796 in M.; unm.; d. 23 Aug. 1825, bur. in 

Manchester ; captain of militia, 
xii. William 6 , unm.; d., and was buried at Manchester. 

There is a tradition that Jared 1 was born in Suffield, which at 
that date was in Hampshire County, Mass. During his childhood 
and youth, the home of the family was in Granville, Ms., where 
he was still residing at the age of about 30 (Jan. 1772), when he 
sold his brother Jesse 6 the lands inherited from his father. At the 
age of 35 (Sept. 1778) he was a citizen of Lanesborough, Berk- 
shire Co., Mass. He removed to Manchester, Vt., 1778 and became 
freeman there 29 March 1779. Nearly the whole village of Man- 
chester is built on confiscated Tory property. Jared' Munson 
secured 200 acres lying west of the main street north of the north 
line of the Shattuck place.* His house was the first south of the 
Congregational Church. 

" I John Fasset Com' for the sale of Confiscated Lands " for 
^1200 convey to "Jared Munson of Lainsborough in the County 

* As it was in 1875. 

902 The Munson Record. 

of Barkshire and State of the Massachusetts Bay" a "tract of 
Land Lying in the Tp of Manchester, about 200 acres," bounded 
as follows — " Beginning at the S. W. corner of the Glebe Lott, 
running E. 10 S. half a mile, thence S. 10 E. 100 rods" — 100 acres 
— " formerly the property of Jeremiah French, forfeited to this 
State by said French Treasonable conduct." Also 100 acres 
forfeited by William Marsh son-in-law of French, — beginning at 
the S. W. corner of the above lot, extending W. 10° N. one mile, 
and thence N. 10° E. fifty rods. 

Jared 5 had some part in the Revolutionary War. His name is 
on " Pay roll Capt. Gideon Ormsbees Co. in Col. Ira Allen Regt. 
of Militia — for service done this State in the alarm in the month 
of March 1780 " : men were paid for from one to seven days. 

Judge Loveland 8 Munson observes in reference to his great- 
grandfather : " He must have had abundant faith in the American 
cause, for all the land he bought on coming here in 1778 was 
property taken from the tories by confiscation, the title to which 
depended on success." 

George Munson" Curtis discovered that while the Granville 
records make the name of Jared's wife "Honorah," the Will of 
her father, Joseph Hale of Suffield, gives it as " Annora," and that 
her tombstone in Manchester also gives it as " Annorah." More- 
over, he raises the difficulty that the Will dated 10 Feb. 1782 
speaks of Annora as already deceased. She is supposed to have 
been buried on the ground where the court-house now stands, in 

Ephraim^Ephraim 4 )^. 1745 ; m. Jerusha Noble. Res. Bristol, Vt. 
Children : 

968 i. Noble 6 b. abt. 1778 in Mass. 

969. ii. Ephraim 6 . 

iii. Hiram 6 , a farmer ; settled in Central N. Y., moved to Northern 
Penn., and thence to Indiana (near the Tippecanoe battle- 
iv. Olive 6 . v. Jerusha 6 . 
vi. Sail}' 6 . vii. Samantha 6 . 

Ephraim 6 and Jerusha were "of Granville" 3 June 1783. He is 
said to have lived in Westfield, Ms., then in Williamstown, Ms. ; 
he resided in Bristol, Vt., e.g., 17 March 1797, and finally in New 
Haven, Vt., e.g., 26 June 181 1, when he sold $50 worth of property. 

Clan Ephr aim\- Thaddeus". 903 

Thaddeus* (Ephraim 1 ) b. 1747; »i. Miriam Dibble; he d. 1814. 
Inn-keeper, farmer ; res. Manchester, Hinesburgh, Vt. 

Children : 

i. Sall_v 6 , in. John Burnham ; m. (2nd) William Lamson. 

ii. Norman 6 , m. Sally Pierce ; no ch.; d., a. 54; farmer; res. Panton 
(2 m. fr. Vergennes), Vt. He loaned money to people in his 
iii. Lyman 6 , unm.; d. abt. 1840 at Bristol. Henrj' S. 9 Munson informs 
us that Lyman 6 resided at Adams, Jeff. Co., N. Y., that he was 
admitted to the bar in Dec. 1807, and that he was surrogate of 
Jeff. Co. in 1816 and again in 1821. The County Gazetteer rep- 
resents him as an attorney of good standing and as having a 
good practice. The list of N. Y. S. attorneys for 1821 does not 
include his name. His nephew, Major T.', writes that about 1S28 
or '30 Lyman spent a year or two at his brother Anson's in Hines- 
burgh, whence he went to Bristol, Vt., where he opened an office 
and continued to practice law while he lived. Silas H. 1 remem- 
bers that some of his effects were sent to Anson. 

970. iv. Loretta 6 b. 4 Sept. 1786 in Manchester. 

971. v. Anson 6 b. 10 July 1790 in Manchester. 

972. vi. Minerva 6 b. 19 Dec. 1792 in Manchester. 

vii. Demetrius J. 6 , unm.; studied law at Plattsburg ; practiced in Ver- 
gennes, Vt., and elsewhere, and d. in Bangor, Me. He is said to 
have been intelligent and well-educated, but did not practice 
extensively. Said also to have been a singer and story-teller. 

Thaddeus 5 was " of Granville," Ms., 7 May 1774 ; he witnessed a 
deed given to Jared 6 at Manchester, Vt., 13 Sept. 1778 ; was made 
freeman at Manchester 29 March 1779 ; was living in Hinesburgh, 
Vt., 13 Feb. 1792, — a part of his farm was in Monkton, in which 
town he was buried. He was again a citizen of Manchester 17 
March 1797 when he quitclaimed to Jesse 5 his right in their moth- 
er's dower ; and his new inn at Manchester was raised 4 March 
1801. He, however, returned to Hinesburgh. 

John Fasset Com' for ,£790 conveyed to Thaddeus 5 Munson of 
Manchester 28 Jan. 1780 about 82 acres on the " W. side of the 
highway or great road in the centre of Manchester," and lying 
next southward of Jared's purchase (/. e., S. of the N. line of the 
Shattuck place), — " forfeited to this State by William Marsh by his 
Treasonable conduct." 

There is extant a notice dated 21 Oct. 1783 of Commissioners 
Meeting " at the dwelling house of Thaddeus Munson innkeeper." 
The Legislature began its annual session at Manchester Oct. 1788, 
the Assembly occupying the meeting-house and the Council sit- 
ting in the chamber of Thaddeus Munson's inn. I have been 

904 The Munson Record. 

shown an order dated 27 Oct. 1788: "An accompt Allowed 
M'. Thadeus Munson for the use of the Chamber &c, and an order 
drawn on the Treasurer for Nine pounds, hard Money Orders, 
^9.0.0." In Feb. 1792 the Vermont Gazette advertised as "for 
sale or to let the farm in Manchester where a public house has 
been kept for a number of years past by Thaddeus Munson the 
owner of the premises." In June following Martin Powell notified 
the public that he had become landlord of this "tavern." Powell 
in Feb. 1791 had purchased Thaddeus' " interest in the house 
called the jail standing opposite the house in which he lived, near 
the burying-ground ; that is to say, all that part of the sd jail 
house which is West of the log body that was laid up for a jail." 

" The day of the first inauguration of Thomas Jefferson; was 
celebrated in Manchester by the raising of Thaddeus Munson's 
new inn, the building which is now the north part of the Taconic 
House. It was considered the largest and finest hotel in Ver- 
mont." Thaddeus was still livingin this tavern in 1812, "but kept 
it open only in court time." 

The following account was allowed by the Judge of Sup. 
Court : 

" The State of Vermont to Thad. Munson Dr. 

To Whiping Abner Wood £° ■• 3 •■ ° 
to Keeping said Wood & assistance while Whiping o .. 4 .. o 

to Horse hire and assistance in transporting 

S' 1 Wood from Manchester to Bennington o .. 7 .. o 

to my milage from Manchester to Bennington o .. 7 .. 4 

Manchester 18th of March 1788 £ 1 '.. 1 .. 4" 

An Act pertaining to the raising of five hundred dollars by lot- 
tery predicated upon the petition of Thaddeus Munson and others 
was passed by the House of Representatives, but was not con- 
curred in by the Governor and Council 22 Oct. 1801. 

We are indebted to Loveland Munson for records pertaining to 
Thaddeus's Revolutionary service : — " Pay roll of men belonging 
to Manchester who assisted the Sheriff in the execution of his 
office in May and June 1779;" there were fourteen including 
" Lieut. Thaddeus " who were allowed for eight days each, three 
for other periods. This service seems to have been in Cumber- 
land Co. "Pay roll of Capt. Thomas Bulls Co. in Col. Ira Aliens 
Regt. of Militia for service done the State of Vermont on alarm 
which commenced the 11 th day of October 1780;" there were 43 
including Thaddeus 11 , — they served from three to twenty-one days. 

Clan Ephraim': Lydia'. 905 

"Pay roll Capt. Thos Bulls Co. in Col. Ira Aliens Regt. Militia 
for service . on alarm to the Northward Oct. 21, 1781 ; " 27 names 
including Thaddeus, — served from four to fifteen days. " Pav roll 
of Capt. Silas Goodrich's Co. of Militia in Col. Ira Allen's Regt. 
for service done this State in Jan. 1782 for an alarm after Tories 
to the Westward for the relief of Lieut. s Blancher [Blanchard] & 
Hine when the former was taken and carried off by the tools of 
British tyranny ; " 15 names including Thaddeus, — served one, 
two, and three days. Thaddeus and other officers had a violent 
controversy with Col. Brownson and other officers, which resulted 
in an order 4 Aug. 1788: "Whereas Thaddeus Munson adjutant 
of said Regiment [the Second] hath heretofore and still doth 
neglect his duty as adjutant," he is discharged from office. 

Lydia 8 (Jesse s , Ephraim 1 ) b. 18 Jan. 1768 ; m. 28 April 1785 
Timothy Rose b. in Granville 1 Jan. 1762 ; 7 ch.; he d. 27 Nov. 
1813 ; m. (2nd) 13 June 1819 Oliver Dickinson ; he d. 25 Jan. 1842 ; 
she d. 27 Feb. 1855. Res. Granville, Ms., Granville, O. 

Children : 
i. Clarissa 1 . ii. Samantha 1 . 
iii. Lovicy'. iv. Lydia'. 

v. Timothy Munson 1 b. abt. 1797 ; d. abt. 1883, a. 86, " the last of his 

family." He held the office of deacon, 
vi. Samuel'. vii. Almina'. 

Timothy Rose was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. "His 
great work was that of conducting the colony from Granville, Ms. 
to Granville, O." (1805), which became one of the first towns in 
The West in respect to moral excellence and to enterprise. He 
became a judge and the first deacon of the church, and left a char- 
acter which is remembered with admiration. 

Jesse" (Jesse 6 , Ephraim') b. 12 Nov. 1777 ; ;;/. 1799 Hannah 
Goodrich Hubbard; he d. 1823; she d. 17 Jan. 1864. Farmer; 
res. Granville, Ms., Granville, O. 

Children : 

i. Jasper' b. 1800 in Granby, Ct.; 7 ch. — 5 d. y., two, Clemence 8 , and 

Henry 8 , m., d. a. 30. 
ii. Lucy' b. 20 Aug. 1802 in Granby ; m. Col. Lucius Mower ; no ch.; 

she d. 6 Aug. 1838. 

906 The Munson Record. 

iii. Clarissa' h. 1S05 ; m. 1S23 Elizur Abbott ; she d. 21 April 1867 ; 
7 ch. — George 8 , d. y., Munson 8 , d. y., Lucius 8 , Lucy 8 d. 1891, 
Helen 8 , Harriet 8 , Mary 8 . 
973. iv. Hannah' />. 27 Dec. 181 1 in Granville, O. 

Jesse 6 was a citizen of Granby, Hartford Co., Ct., 27 Sept. 1806 
when he acquired 2\ acres in Granville, Ms., and received a mort- 
gage on 2 acres 104 rods. He and S. Adams paid $550 May 16, 
1S14 for " Lot No. 6 in the 8th Square of plot of Town of Zanes- 
ville." This was sold by his daughter Hannah as " heir-at-law" 
in 1833. Jesse was six feet two inches in height, and was the 
father of tall daughters, "as tall as I am," said Marvin M.' 


Jeremiah R. 6 (Jesse 6 , Ephraim*) b, 27 May 1780 ; m. Cooley; 

S ch.; m. (2nd) Harriet Warner; 1 ch.; he d. abt. 1825, ce. 45. 
Lawyer ; res. N. Y. S., Ohio. 

Children : 
i. Lorenzo 7 , dec. 
ii. Jeremiah', dec; was in parish of Terre Bonne, La., 6 May 1840, 

when he sold \ of \ of a lot in Zanesville, O.; price, ,£100. 
iii. Jerusha'. 
iv. Francis', dec; was resident in Terre Bonne parish, La., 16 Sept. 

1838, and also 30 Dec. 1839 when he sold '/s of i of a " lot once 
occupied by Jeremiah R. Munson " in Zanesville. 

v. George', dec; was of Clark Co.,.Ind., 20 April 1839, and 30 Dec. 

1839, when he joined his brother in selling f of £ of a lot in 
Zanesville which " descended to said George' and Francis' as 
heirs at law of Jeremiah R. 6 " 

vi. Martha'. 

Jeremiah R. 6 was surrogate of Genesee Co., N. Y., 2 April 1804. 
He was " of Bloomfield," Ont. Co., N.Y., 4 May 1804 when he sold 
five acres in Township No. 10, Ont. Co., at $600. He removed to 
Granville, O., in 1809. He was of Licking Co., O., 29 July 1813 
when he paid $1000 for parts of lots 3 and 4 in the 8th Square of 
Zanesville. He and Harriet being " of Zanesville," Musk. Co., 26 
July 1815 sold this property for $1500. He united with S. Adams 
the same year Feb. 27 in buying of Lewis Cass \ part of a frac- 
tional section " lying east of the Muskingum river and south of 
the boundary of Zane's grant ; " price, $500. Being still of Zanes- 
ville 3 Feb. 1816 he bought of S. Adams $ of lot No. 6 in the 8th 
square of Zanesville ; his brother Jesse owned the other half. 

He was educated at Williams College and studied law with 
Gideon Grander of Connecticut. His heieht was six feet one inch 

Clan Ephraim*: Augustine" . 907 

without boots. " My mother said that he was the handsomest 
specimen of humanity she ever saw. He was the gentleman of 
the place," says Marvin M.' — was an extravagant fellow — needed 
four fortunes to support him ; he was a silk-stocking chap and 
donned the gold knee-buckles and cocked hat, — was a cavalier and 
should have lived at the Court of Elizabeth or Louis XIV." He 
was an officer in the War of 1812 ; 18 March 1813 he was major of 
the 27th Infantry. He became Adjutant General of the State of 
Ohio. " I have heard it remarked that no officer in the service 
had a presence so fine and so commanding." It is sad to learn 
that the Major's mind was unbalanced by losses and other mis- 
fortunes, as a result of which he ended his own life, by drowning. 


Augustine 6 (Jesse 1 , Ephraim') b. 30 Sept. 1783 ; m. 26 May 1812 
Polly dau. of Ezra* Mead, b. 22 Feb. 1790; he d. 12 April 1868. 
Sawmill, furnace ; Whig, Rep.; res. Granville, O. 

Children : 

i. Mary 1 b. 16 June 1813 ; m. 25 Nov. 1835 A. Byron Hayes ; no ch. 

ii. James Alexander' b. 4 Feb. 1815 ; m. Sarah Powers of Granville ; 
went to California and d. there ; 1 ch. — Francis 8 b. 8 Jan. 185S in 
Granville, m. 25 July 1878 Frances dau. of Henry Lawrence, b. 
28 Jan. 1851, he d. 12 Dec. 1884, restaurateur, Rep., res. Colum- 
bus, O. (had Maud Alice 9 b. at C. and Henry Carl 9 *. 21 Feb. 
at C). 

iii. Gustavus Adolphus 1 b. 11 Sept. 1816 ; m. Nov. 1841 Almena Conk- 
lin ; 4 ch. — Albert Francis 3 , Cyrus 3 , Isabella 3 , Arthur 8 . 

974. iv. Lucien Buonaparte 1 b. 20 Sept. 1818 in Granville. 

v. Lorinda M. 1 b 30 Nov. 1819 ; m. May 1842 Rollin C. Jewett ; 2 ch. — 
Eliza M. 8 , Mary Emma 8 . 

975. vi. Marvin M. 1 b. 24 Sept. 1822. 

vii. Micajah F. W. 1 b. 27 March 1826 ; unm. 

viii. Isabella 1 , m. Washington Irvin ; 5 ch. — Nellie 8 , Frank 8 , dec, 
Mattie 8 , Arba 8 , Mabel 8 . 

Augustine* was a soldier in the War of 181 2 and was with Hull 
at the surrender in Detroit. Early in his career he had a sawmill, 
and provided lumber for the town. He and another had an iron- 
furnace and a forge, both in the direction of Newark, at different 
points. The furnace produced stoves, ploughshares, andirons, &c, 
for the regions farther west. The business on the whole was not 
profitable ; they had expected to take ore from the hills close by, 
and were disappointed. Augustine* wore the military title of 

* Son of Ezra, Timothy (b. in Conn.), Jonathan (b. abt. 1684), John, William (1*. in England- 
migrated abt. 1630). 

908 The Munson Record. 

general. He was six feet tall (without boots), and well-propor- 
tioned. He is represented by his portrait as blue-eyed, handsome 
and stately. He was not a talker. He was a personal friend of 
Henry Clay. He was conservative, "and stuck to the Whig party 
as long as it had a button on its coat." In the new Republican 
party he had some company which he did not like, such as Salmon 
P. Chase. " He had no sympathy with those who would sectional- 
ize one part of the country against another." 


Jared' ( Jared\ Ephraim 4 ), in. Lucy Odell. Had a farm ; res. 
Bowmanville (in Darlington township), Canada West. 

Children : 

976. i. WarTen 7 b. 178S. 

977. ii. William 7 . 

iii. Curtis 7 , m. Laura ; 2 dau., one of whom m. Breckinbridge. Curtis' 
and his younger brother Ethan 7 , while soldiers in the War of 1812, 
were captured and imprisoned in a block-house which was sur- 
rounded by a wall of upright timbers 12 feet high. Though Ethan 
was only seventeen years old, both brothers were over six feet in 
height and very strong and active. One of them gained the top 
of the wall by mounting the other's shoulders and then aided the 
latter to make the ascent. Discovery and pursuit followed at 
once, and after a race of many miles they escaped by swimming 
the St. Lawrence. It was Ethan's last exploit, for he died in a 
few hours from congestion of the lungs. 

iv. Ethan 7 , unm.; d. a. 17; see above. 

978. v. Truman 7 b. 27 Dec. 1605 in Vt. 

vi. Eveline 7 , m. Capt. Jesse Trull ; no ch. 
vii. Maria 7 , m. Hughson Wilson ; 2 dau. m. John Borland and John 

viii. Mary Ann 7 , m. Ichabod Farley, M. D.; 2 dau., went to the States 

abt. 1835. 

As early perhaps as 1820 Jared 5 removed from Vermont to Canada 
West, then a wilderness ; he settled at Bowmanville. In 1831, his 
farm " was considerablv improved, and most of his children were 
married in that neighborhood." His homestead is still known as 
Munson's Hill, and is occupied by his grandson Cyrus*, .son of 
William 7 . 

Rufus 5 (Jared 5 , Ephraim*) b. abt. 1763 ; m. prob. 1790 Bethiah 
dau. Josiah Burton*, b. 1772 in New Milford, Ct.; he d. 13 Sept. 
1797, a. 34; she d. 3 Dec. 1843 as Wid. Buck of Lanesboro, Ms. 
Farmer, res. Manchester, Vt. 

Formerly of Stratford, Ct.: soldier in the Revolution. 

Clan Ephraitn': Warren". 909 

Children, b. in M.: 
979. i. Cyrus 1 b. 22 Jan. 1 791. 

9S0. ii. Jesse 1 b. 21 Aug. 1792. 

981. iii. Benjamin 1 b. 19 Nov. 1794. 
9S2. iv. Polly 1 b. 31 Dec. 1796. 

Rufus" is said to have owned one of the best farms in his 
vicinity. In 1812 the most northerly dwelling-place in Manchester 
village was the Munson homestead, then occupied by the widow 
and children of Rufus Munson. 

Revolutionary record : " Pa)- roll Capt. Gideon Ormsbee's Co. 
in Col. Ira Allen Regt. of Militia — for service done this State in the 
alarm in the month of March ; " 57 men including Rufus 8 were 
paid for from one to seven days. He served in Capt. Thomas 
Barney's Co., Col. Ira Allen, "on alarm to the Northward* which 
commenced 11 Oct. 1780" ; 58 men served from five to thirty-two 
days. He was on the pay roll of Barney's Co., Allen's Regt., "for 
service done this State in the alarm on the 21 day of Oct. 1781 ;" 
most of the men served eleven days. He was again on the roll of 
Barney's Co., Allen's Regt., in May 1782 "on an alarm to the 
Westward after Tories to retake Lieuts. Blanchard and Hine;" 31 
men, served from two to four days. 

On Rufus' tombstone, " erected by Bethiah," we read that he 
left four children : " the two first letters of their names are C. M., 
J. M., B. M., and P. M. 

" Death like an overflowing stream 
Sweeps us away ; 
Our life's a dream, 
An empty tale, a morning flower 
Cut down and withered in an hour." 


Warren" (Jared 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. abt. 1769 ; m. Hannah Partridge 
of Bakersfield, Vt.; m. (2nd) Wid. Stebbings of St. Albans; 2 ch.; 
he d. 1842. Merchant, inn-keeper ; Episc; res. St. Albans, Vt., 
Philipsburg, Can. 

Children : 
983. i. Mary Curtis 1 b. 4 Dec. 1811 in Bakersfield, Vt. 

ii. Emily S. 1 /'. 5 April 1813 in B.; unm.; Episc; res. Montreal, P. Q. 

Warren" was made freeman at Manchester in 1792, and was 
still there in Dec. 1795. He was a citizen of St. Albans in Feb. 

* Hon. Loveland 8 Munson writes: "After the Hurgoyne campaign, the military service of 
this section consisted mainly of brief expeditions to the north, to strengthen the garrisons of the 
small forts erected in the central part of Rutland Co., wherever special danger was apprehended. 
The men performing this service were the militia of the State,"— not of the continental force. 

910 The Munson Record. 

1797, and was residing there twenty years later, Oct. 1817 ; mean- 
time his children were born at Bakersfield. About 1817 he 
removed to Philipsburg, Can. 

Dec. 8, 1795. Warren 8 received from Jared £100 for Lot No. 26, 
1st Div., at Manchester. He and another 18 Feb. 1797 purchased 
a part of "Lot No. Sixty Two" at St. Albans; this property 
known as " the bay lot " he sold 7 Sept. 1805. He bought of E. 
Chapman Jan. 1800 nine acres of wheat ; price, $48. In March 
1801 he purchased "lot No. Sixty Three in the Town of St. 
Albans, Containing One hundred Acres ; " this he sold in March 
1806 to S. Burton for $1200. In May 1806 he bought 2^ acres 
" on the road leading from the public square in St. Albans to the 
Bay ; " which he sold in July following. In July 1815 he paid 
$2250 for "about one acre lying West of the Stage-Road opposite 
the Public square — it being the same Land and Situation now 
occupied by said Munson as a tavern." Munson was to pay the 
direct U. S. tax of 1815. This property, " now Occupied by John 
R. Phelps as a Tavern," was re-sold to J. Beaman for $2000, Oct. 
23, 181 7. Warren was a captain of militia, and is said to have 
been a "good, substantial business man, honored and respected." 


Ephraim" (Jared 5 , Ephraim' 1 ) b. 1769 ; m. Anne ; 2 ch.; she d. 3 
July 1807, a. 30 ; m. (2nd) Marcia Dewey; 3 ch.; she d. 28 April 
1853, te. 76 ; he d. 17 Nov. 1835, a. 66. Res. Manchester, Vt. 

Children : 

i. Infant, d. 20 March 1S06. 
ii. Infant, d. 26 June 1807. 
iii. Julia Ann 7 b. 23 July 1S12 ; d. 26 Feb. 1S13. 
984. iv. Jane Maria 1 b. 31 Oct. 1S14. 

v. Charles Dewey 1 b. 26 Dec. 1816 ; d. 22 Nov. 1870. 

Ephraim 6 lived in 1812 on the premises occupied by Mr. Shat- 
tuck in 1875. He assisted at the whipping post* about 1803. 
Loveland" Munson relates : "The sentence was thirty-nine lashes, 
and was partly executed by General Robinson, the high sheriff, 
and partly by Ephraim Munson, deputy sheriff. Sheriff Robinson 
struck his blows with surprising regularity, and it was remarked 
among the spectators that he must have had considerable practice. 
His less experienced deputy was quite excited and made bungling 
work of it." 

* W. side of the St., nearly in front of the N. side of the Equinox House. 

Clan Ephraim': Anna". 911 


Anna' (Jared 6 , Ephraim*) b. 7 Aug. 1877 ; m. 28 May 1801 Pascal 
Paoli Wells b. 22 Jan. 1769 in Colchester, Ct.; she d. 31 March 
1836 ; he d. 24 April 1854. Res. Manchester, Vt. 

Children, b. in M.: 

i. Fanny M. 1 b. 12 Feb. 1802 ; m. 26 Jan. 1826 Lyman Smith of Monk- 
ton, Vt.; she d. 26 March 1864 ; res. Monkton ; 2 ch. — (1) Frances 8 
b. 30 June 1828 in M., m. 29 April 1851 Fuller, res. Keeseville, 
N. Y., (2) son, d. y. 

ii. Munson 1 b. 10 May 1S03 ; d. 28 Aug. 1828. 

iii. Pascal 1 b. 10 Sept. 1804; »/. 28 April 1828 Antoinette Swan of Mil- 
ton, N. Y. ; he d. 13 March 1843 ; tanner and leather dealer ; res. 
Honeoye, N. Y.; 1 ch. — Susan 8 b. 25 Dec. 1832, m. 14 Feb. 1852 
Kinnear, res. Buffalo, N. Y. 
iv. Anna 1 b. 21 Sept. 1806 ; m. April 1837 John Barratt; he d. 28 March 
1888 ; res. Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; 2 ch.— (1) John W. 8 b. 29 Oct. 
1839, has Jennie K. 9 and EvaW. 9 , res. Poughkeepsie, (2) Helmus 
W. 8 b. 25 Oct. 1846, has Amelia S. 9 b. 18 March 1880, res. Pough- 

v. Maria 1 b. 12 Dec. 1808 ; m. March 1S28 Homer Chamberlin of 
Monkton; she d. 28 Jan. 1876 at Honeoye. 

vi. James 1 b. 4 March 1814 ; d. 9 March 1835. 

vii. Jane 1 (twin) b. 4 March 1814 ; m. at Honeoye 5 Dec. 1836 Gideon 
Pitts ; he d. 18 June 1888 ; she d. at Anacostia, D. C, 22 March 
1892 ; res. Honeoye, N. Y.; 6 ch. (b. in H.) — (1) Helen 8 b. 14 Oct. 
1837, m. Frederick Douglass b. in Md. Feb. 1817, Jt^"" see below, 
grad. Mt. Holyoke Sem. 1859, res. Anacostia, (2) Jennie W. 8 b. 2 
March 1839, grad. Mt. Holyoke Sem. 1859, res. Anacostia, (3) 
Lorinda A. 8 b. 21 April 1S42, m. 24 Jan. 1S61 Spencer D. Short, a 
farmer, 6 ch., res. Honeoye, (4) Gideon W. 8 b. 21 Dec. 1846, d. 26 
Aug. 1849, (5) Eva M. 8 b. 26 Feb. 1849, grad. Cornell University, 
B. S. 1874, M. S. 1875, teacher of Hist, and Eng. Lit. in the high- 
school, Washington, D. C., since Sept. 1886, (6) Gideon W. 8 b. 11 
Nov. 1851, m. 11 Nov. 1880 Eliza Sheldon at Excelsior, Minn., 4 
ch., lawyer and banker, res. Alton, la., since '83, grad. Cornell 
Un. B. S. 1872. 
viii. Helmus 1 b. 10 Sept. 1816 ; m. 3 Sept. 183S Harriet Mackey of Troy, 
N. Y.; he d. 19 April 1878 ; lumber-merchant ; res. N. Y. C; dau. 
Mrs. Clark Thompson, dec, res. Lacrosse, Wis., dau. Eva 8 , Mrs. 
Mortimer Odell, res. Albany, N. Y. 

ix. Eveline 1 b. 6 July 1820 ; m. in N. Y. C. 12 April 1854 John G. 
Briggs ; no ch.; he d. 21 Aug. 1876 ; res. Honeoye. 

JgfP The Washington Post said in Aug. 1887 : — " The announce- 
ment of the return of Frederick Douglass to his home in this city 
suggests that there is probably no living American who lias in his 
personal history experienced such extraordinary vicissitudes of 
fortune. Born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, at a time when 

912 The Munson Record. 

his condition in life seemed as unalterable as the laws of the Medes 
and Persians, he lived not only to know the privilege of freedom 
in his own case but to see the boon extended to his entire race. 

" When one hears of his first effort to learn to read and write, 
one naturally wonders at the facility and success of his subsequent 
literary work and the strong eloquence of his public speech. 
Indeed, his life has been full of contrasts. As a slave he ran away 
— or rather sailed away — from St. Michael's ; but was overhauled 
and re-captured by the Sheriff of Talbot County and placed in 
Easton jail. A few years ago, by invitation, he lectured in the 
court-house at Easton, and the sheriff who had imprisoned him 
presided at the lecture and introduced him to the audience. 
Douglass's freedom was purchased by means of a fund raised in 
England, so that he was a freeman long before the period of 
general emancipation. But when speaking at Cambridge some- 
time since, his former master came to listen to his old-time slave, 
now famous and prosperous, and the contrast between the present 
and the past was so striking that both men were moved to tears." 

The mother of Douglass was a negro slave and his father a white 
man. He was a slave on the plantation of Colonel Lloyd until he 
was ten years old, when he was sent to Baltimore. He learned to 
read and write from one of his master's relatives. He was allowed 
to hire his own time and worked in a shipyard. On Sept. 3, 1838, 
he escaped from slavery. Douglass gave some glimpses of his 
childhood in addressing a school for colored boys in Maryland : 
" I once knew a little colored boy who was a slave and had no one 
to care for him. He slept on a dirt floor in a hovel, and in cold 
weather would crawl into a mealbag head foremost and leave his 
feet in the ashes to keep them warm. Often he would roast an ear 
of corn and eat it to satisfy his hunger, and many times has he 
crawled under the barn or stable and secured eggs, which he would 
roast in the fire and eat. That boy did not wear pantaloons as you 
do, but a tow linen shirt. Schools were unknown to him, and he 
learned to spell from an old Webster's spelling book and to read 
and write from posters on cellar and barn doors, while boys and 
men would help him. He would then preach and speak, and soon 
became well known. He became presidential elector, United 
States marshal, United States recorder, United States diplomat and 
accumulated some wealth. He wore broadcloth and didn't have 
to divide crumbs with the dogs under the table." Miss Pitts who 
became his second wife was a clerk in the recorder's office. 

Douglass has held the office of recorder of deeds for the District 
of Columbia at a salary of $15,000, and in 1886 was worth $200,000. 

Clan Ephraim*: Joseph H* 913 

He has also served as U. S. minister to Hayti. When Douglass 
lectured on Hayti at Cooper Union, N. Y. C, March 14, 1892, 
Chauncev M. Depew introduced him, pronouncing him " the peer 
of any living American, as a man, as an orator, and as a states- 
man." "Theodore Tilton and Frederick Douglass," said the 
Springfield Republican in Feb. 1887, "have been renewing their 
old friendship in Paris, and the two tall, large men, with strongly 
marked features and snowy, bushy hair, are sometimes taken for 
brothers. Both of them feel flattered." 

Mr. Douglass wrote several books. " He was one of the most 
distinguished looking men that appeared on the thoroughfares 
of the Capital." His death occurred 20 Feb. 1895. Among the 
thousands at his funeral were Justice Hanlan and Senators Hoar 
and Sherman. The legislature of North Carolina adjourned out 
of respect for his memory, and his body lay in state in City Hall, 
New York. 

Joseph H.° (Jared 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 3 July 1779 ; m. 1 June 1800 
Huldah dau. of David Hickok of St. Albans, b. 28 Aug. 1781 in 
Sheffield, Ms.; he d. 23 Feb. 1839 ; she d. 17 Sept. 1840. Merchant ; 
"Conservative"; Episc; res. St. Albans, Vt., Philipsburg, Can. 

Children : 

i. Warren Burr' b. 31 June 1801 in St. A.; d. y. 

985. ii. Lamira Juliana 1 b. 16 March 1803 in St. A. 

986. iii. Emily Betsey' i. 22 Feb. 1810 in St. A. 

iv. Harriet Elizabeth'*. 8 Aug. 1812 in St. A.; Episc; res. Philipsburg, 
P. Q.; a cripple — says she "sits in a rocking-chair all day long, 
good for nothing at all." 
v. Matilda Anna' b. 15 Jan. iSrs in St. A.; unm.; d. 29 July 1843. 
vi. Charlotte Augusta' b. 4 Aug. 1817 in Philipsburg; d. 24 Nov. 1824. 
vii. Jared William' b. 6 Sept. 1820 in P.; m. Dec. 1849 Eliza Jones of 
Montreal b. 1830; bookkeeper; Episc; res. Ottawa, Ont.; 1 ch. 
— William Henry 8 b. 2 Oct. 1850 at Montreal, m. 29 Jan. 1879 
Martha Caroline Thomas, she d. 12 June 1882, engineer and 
machinist, Episc, res. Toronto, Ont. 
viii. Elizabeth Dewey' b. 9 Dec. 1823 in P.; d. n July 1824. 
ix. Joseph Henry' b. 13 April 1825 in P.; d. 6 April 1829. 

Joseph H." removed from Manchester, and in Feb. 1797 appeared 
as witness to a deed at St. Albans ; he was "Sheriff of Franklin 
County," Vt., 20 Sept. 1814, at which date he was officially con- 
cerned in the conveyance of "about one Acre" with dwelling- 
house and out-houses. He removed from St. Albans to Philipsburg 
"about 1816." Said to have been a substantial business man, 
respected and honored. 

914 The Munson Record. 


Noble" (Ephraim*, Ephraim*) b. abt. 1778* ; m. Betsey Fidelia 
Furman of Poughkeepsie ; he d. 1862 or '63, a. 84 ; she d. a. 88. 
Iron mfr., merchant ; Whig ; res. Bristol, Vt. 
Children, /;. in B.: 
i. Minerva 1 , m. Eben Saxton ; removed about 1830 to Indiana ; I ch.— 
Eben Henry 8 , lives 25 or 30 miles S. E. of Chicago. 

987. ii. Luman 1 b. 1 March 1800. 

iii. Laura 1 , m. George C. Dayfoot of Bristol, a blacksmith ; both dec; 
res. Georgetown, Can.; 3 dau. — Ann Amelia 8 , Cecil 8 , Helen 8 . 

988. iv. Noble 1 b. 20 Dec. 1812. 

989. v. Betsey Fidelia 1 b. Dec. 1815. 
vi. Samantha 1 , d. a. 14. 

Noble' came to Bristol at the same time as his father, Noble 7 
thinks about 1797, when there was only a bridle-path through that 
region. He conveyed land, being " of Bristol," 7 May 1799. " He 
was one of the first to settle where the village of Bristol now is, 
and owned nearly all the land." He put up a forge and a saw- 
mill, owned a good deal of pine timber, and owned farms in 
Monkton, Bridport, &c. 

He was at the battle of Plattsburg in the War of 1812, as "quar- 
termaster, or something," and was called Captain. He held town 
offices and represented the town in the Legislature. He donated 
land for school, church and public park. 


Ephraim" (Ephraim 6 , Ephraim'), m. Betsey ; he dec. before May 
1835. Iron mfr., merchant ; res. New Haven, Vt. 

Children : 
989^. i. James Spencer 1 b. 25 Dec. 1802. 

990. ii. Augustine Ephraim 9 b. 12 Nov. 1805 in New Haven. 

991. iii. Horatio G. 1 b., say, abt. 1808. 

iv. Myron Gates 1 , unm. ; carpenter, — puts up buildings and rents 

them ; res. Potsdam, 
v. Betsey 1 , m. Henry Green of Parishville, N. Y. 

vi. Royal 1 , went from Potsdam, N. Y., to Racine, Wis., thence to 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Ephraim", jr., was "of Bristol" in April 1800 and in Sept. 1801 ; 
he was " of New Haven " 1 Feb. 1803, and was made freeman there 
in March following. He lived at "New Haven Mills," towards 
Middlebury. His home-place seems to have comprised 40 acres. 

* Noble 7 said in 1883—" He was 84 when he died some 20 or 21 years ago ; " Noble D.» wrote 
— " He died in 1852 aged 86." 

Clan Ephraim': Lorelta*. 915 

In 1 801 he disposed of 33$ acres on the east side of the river in 
Bristol ; he made another sale of Bristol land in 1803 at $430. 
He sold T. Allen 4 Jan. 1803 "one half the saw mill standing on 
New Haven River." In a document dated 1805 he mentioned 
"the Nail shop Now occupied by me . . in New Haven." He 
conveyed to D. P. Nash 31 Oct. 1812 "the shop privilege and Nail 
works that I now own." After Ephraim's death, his sons all 
settled in Potsdam, N. Y., according to Noble D." 


Loretta' (Thaddeus 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 30 Sept. 1786 ; m. 13 Feb. 
1809 Charles Dean b. 12 Nov. 1779 in Canaan, Ct.; she d. 25 Feb. 
1843. Res. Monkton, Vt. 

Children, b. in M.: 
i. Son b. 14 May 18 10 ; d. a. 10 y. 4 m. 

ii. Myron Munson 7 b. 8 Nov. 1811 ; m. in Boston 11 April 1S39 Harriet 
Carpenter dau. of John Moriarty, b. 25 Jan. 1818 in Salem, Ms.; 
he d. 30 March 1861 at Cambridge, Ms.; clergyman ; Bapt.; res. 
Easton, Ms.; 8 ch. — (1) Harriet Moriarty 8 b. 24 March 1S40 in 
Providence, m. 13 Feb. 1862 J. Edmund Lochman of York, Pa., 
8 ch., res. Cambridge, Ms., (2) Joseph Flanders 9 * b. 29 Sept. 1843 
in Marblehead, Ms., m. 31 Dec. 1877 Maria Fisher Alexander b. 
in Newburyport, Ms., 6 ch., bank-president, res. Palatka, Fla., 
(3) Loretta Munson 8 b. 12 Sept. 1846 in Marblehead, d. 10 April 
1875 in Cambridge, (4) Abigail Moseley 8 (twin) b. 12 Sept. 1846 in 
M., d. 12 May 1847 in Salem, Ms., <?. 8 mo., (5) Charles Moseley 8 b. 
23 Aug. 1851 in Salem, d. 12 May 1864 in Cambridge, a. 12 y., (6) 
Martha Elizabeth 8 ^. 12 Nov. 1853 in Somerville, Ms., m. 14 July 
1874 Charles H. Converse of Cambridge, 4 ch., res. Boston, (7) 
Deborah Bowditch 8 b. 16 Jan. 1857 in Cambridge, m. 13 June 18S9 
Rev. George H. Hubbard, no ch., res. Norton, Ms., (8) John 
Moriarty 8 b. 2S Sept. i860 in Cambridge, m. 21 June 1883 Hilda 
Gabrielson of Gottenborg, Sweden, no ch., res. Cambridge- 
port, Ms. 

iii. Loretta Rosaline 1 b. 16 Oct. 1813 ; m. Hardy ; d. 15 July 1872 in 
Wilmington, N. Y. 

iv. Thaddeus N. 7 b. 2 Jan. 1815 ; m.y d. 22 July 1888 at Monkton. 

v. Son b. 14 Dec. 1820 ; d. 24 March 1822. 

vi. Martha Margaretta 1 b. 22 Oct. 1822; m. Fuller; res. Lowell, Ms.; 
has son Myron Dean 8 , and dau. Mrs. A. G. Pollard. 

vii. Elizabeth' b. 19 Aug. 1823. 

* Ex-miner, ex-bank-president, now proprietor of timber-lands in Fla., Ga., S. C, and Canada. 
He served n months in the Union army and was twice wounded. He is Commissioner in Fla. for 
the State of Mass. Of his six children, two are in the Annex for Women, Harvard College, and a 
son Paul Dudley 11 is fitting for college. 

gi6 The Miinson Record. 


Anson' (Thaddeus", Ephraim 4 ) b. 10 July 1790 ; m. 4 April 181 1 
Czarina Laura Sexton ; he d. Jan. 1861 at Shirley, Ms.; she d. 20 
May 1887, a. 93. Farmer ; res. Hinesburgh, Putney, North- 
field, Vt. 

Children : 

992. i. Oscar Demetrius' b. 12 Jan. 1812 in Manchester, Vt. 

ii. Orange William 7 b. 8 Feb. 1814 in Hinesburg ; m. at Putney, Vt. 15 
Nov. 1836 Harriet L. Johnson ; large family ; farmer ; res. since 
abt. 1840 Plimpton, Holmes Co., O. 

993. iii. Major Thaddeus 1 b. 13 March 1816 at H. 

994. iv. Miriam Electa' b. iq March 1818 at H. 

995. v. Norman Carmine' b. 15 Aug. 1820 at H. 

996. vi. Charles Sexton' b. 20 Sept. 1822 at H. 

vii. Eliza' b. 4 June 1825 at H.; d. 9 Sept. 1826. 

997. viii. Silas Hardy' b. 2 Sept. 1827 at H. 

998. ix. Cyrus Douglass' (twin) *. 2 Sept. 1827 at H. 

x. Henry Clay' b. 23 July 1831 at Dummerston, Vt.; d. 19 April 1834. 

999. xi. Myron Anson' /;. 11 May 1836 at Putney, Vt. 

Anson" married in Manchester, Vt., and in 181 2 kept tavern in 
the lower part of the court-house building. In Putney many 
years from about 1829. 


Minerva" (Thaddeus", Ephraim 4 ) b. 19 Dec. 1792 ; m. 26 June 
1821 Levi G. Wilson b. 20 June 1789, a tailor of Middlebury ; he 
d. at Mentor, O., 24 Jan. 1839 ; she d. at Painesville 9 July 1859. 
Res. Middlebury, Vt. 

Children : 
i. Lewis M.' b. 23 Feb. 1823 at Middlebury ; m, 19 June 1846 Jane 
Duncan ; d. at Painesville 4 Nov. 1852. 

ii. Hiram Munson' b. 17 Nov. 1824 ; d. 23 Sept. 1825. 

iii. Satira Minerva' /<. 29 May 1827 in M.; m. in Painesville, O. 12 May 
1844 Dr. A. R. Hammond b. 6 March 1821 ; she d. at P. 19 Aug. 
1872 ; son Oscar E. 8 b. 17 Feb. 1845. 

iv. David C b. 5 Jan. 1831 in M.; m. 5 Jan. 1853 Marion Flanders; 
now living with his 4th wife ; dentist ; res. Painesville ; 2 ch. — 
(1) George H. 8 b. 3 March 1855, dentist, has two sons, res. Cleve- 
land, O., (2) Juliette M. 8 b. 28 Feb. 1856, unm., res. Tacoma, 

Minerva" was married at the home of her sister Mrs. Dean of 
Monkton, Vt. 

• Hannah' (Jesse*, Jesse", Ephraim 4 ) b. 27 Dec. 181 1 ; m. 27 Sept. 
1839 David Putnam b. 17 May 1808 in Harmar; she d. 19 April 

Clan Ephraim*: Hannah 1 . 917 

1890 ; hed. 7 Jan. 1892. Rep.; Cong.; res. Harmar (now Marietta), 
Wash. Co., O. 

Children, £. in H.: 
i. Peter Radcliffe 8 b. S June 1835 ; m. at Marietta 27 June i860 Emily 
B. Mixer of Unionville, O.; he d. 5 Sept. 1863 at Marietta ; Rep. 
Peter R. s belonged to the horse-guards during the War, being a 
member of the Marietta Battery ; when Morgan attempted to 
invade Ohio, they were ordered out, and after several days of 
hot pursuit, captured the rebel invaders at Buffington Island. 
The fatigue and hardship incident to such a chase were too much 
for him, in his feeble health, and he lived only six weeks after he 
came home. Two ch. — (1) Abbott 9 b. n May 1861 in M., m. 30 Oct. 
18S4 Frances Hale, one ch., she d. 19 Aug. 1888, m. (2nd) 25 Feb. 
1892 Emma Case, one ch., silk dyer, res. West Winsted, Ct., 
formerly dyer for the Etna Silk Co. at Norfolk, Ct., now for the 
Winsted Silk Co., (2) Israel 9 b. 9 Aug. 1862, m. 9 Nov. 1SS3 Flor- 
ence M. Somerby in Hartford, four ch., manufacturing perfumer, 
res. West Winsted. Abbott is associated with him under the firm 
name of I. Putnam and Co. 

ii. Martha Munson- />. 29 Oct. 1S37 ; unm.; res. Marietta, O. 

iii. Mary Burr 6 b. 28 Feb. 1840 ; m. 4 Feb. 1864 Captain Theodore C. 
Fitch of Cincinnati, a farmer; Rep.; res. Tracy City, Tenn.; 3 
ch. — (1) Betsey Perkins 9 b. 7 Nov. 1S65 at Harmar, m. 7 Nov. 18S9 
Eugene Crosby, Chattanooga, Tenn., (2) Mary P. 9 *. 4 Jan. 1870 at 
Cincinnati, (3) Vida Putnam 9 b. 16 March 1881 at Camp Chase, O. 

iv. Catharine Douglass 9 b. 9 Aug. 1842 ; teacher ; res. Topeka, Kan. 
v. Hannah Hubbard* b. 30 Nov. 1844 ; m. 2 Dec. 1869 Luther E. 
Sleigh ; he d. 21 Oct. 18S0 ; she, music-teacher ; res. Valley City, 
No. Dak.; 3 ch. — (I) Hannah N. 9 b. 10 June 1871 at Washington, 
D. C, (2) Elizabeth Putnam 9 *. 3 Nov. 1874 at W., (3) Luther 
Edgar 9 b. 19 July 1S79 at Harmar. 

vi. Rufus Browning 8 /'. 8 Nov. 1848 ; m. 5 Nov. 1874 Clarina Wheeler ; 
he d. 2 July 1884 ; night yard-master Chicago and Northwestern 
R. R.; res. Boone, la. In the evening he was superintending 
the work of making up trains. " At one place in the yard," says 
the Marietta Leader, " five tracks converge at a single switch like 
a number of contiguous Vs. He ordered a car which was quite 
a distance from him to be dropped down one of these tracks. He 
went on taking the numbers from cars in a stationary train by 
which he was standing. A mistake was made in operating the 
switch, and the car which he had ordered moved, came gliding 
silently down the track next to which he stood. The moving car 
caught him and pressed him against the side of a car in the 
stationary train where the tracks come together. His assistants 
after a time noticed a light burning between the tracks at the 
switch, and hastening thither found him standing lifeless with his 
lantern burning in its place on his arm." . . "Mr. Putnam 
was a model railroad man. . . He bore a reputation for cour- 
age and caution and thoroughness . He was marked for 
early and splendid promotion." 

91 8 The Munson Record. 

vii. Elizabeth Perkins 8 *. 12 Sept. 1852 ; m. 10 Oct. 1882 Samuel Doubt 
of Allegheny, Pa., a bookkeeper ; res. Pittsburg, Pa.; 3 ch. — (1) 
Elizabeth Putnam 9 /'. 13 Sept. 1885 at Harmar, (2) Samuel Putnam 9 
b. 11 May 18S8 at Allegheny, d. April 1889, (3) Muriel Palmer 9 b. 
23 Aug. 1S90 at Allegheny, d. 23 Dec. 1891. 

David Putnam was a grandson of Maj.-Gen. Israel Putnam. 
Harmar is on the Ohio river at the mouth of the Muskingum, and 
was lately consolidated with Marietta ; it is on the site of old Fort 
Harmar, the first fortification erected by Americans in Ohio. 

Lucien B. 7 (Augustine*, Jesse 5 , Ephraim*) b. 20 Sept. 1818 ; m. 
Feb. 1855 Mary Ann Ackley ; she d. 30 Aug. 1887. Farmer; Rep.; 
she Presb.; res. Granville, O. 

Children : 
i. George G. s , m.; he d. 1 Aug. 1S92; res. on a farm out towards 

ii. Guy L. 8 , m. 25 Dec. 1S91 Elsie Ghaut ; farmer ; res. at home, 
iii. Florence 8 , unm. 18S4 ; res. at home, 
iv. Frederick Augustine 8 b. 4 April 1S63 in Granville ; m. 23 June 1887 

Lizzie A. Null of Cedar Rapids b. 19 June i368 in C. R. ; tailor ; 

res. Cedar Rapids, la., Chicago, 111.; 1 ch. — Ellen Adaline 9 b. 12 

July 1S88. 
v. Jesse". 

Marvin M.' (Augustine 6 , Jesse 5 , Ephraim*) b. 24 Sept. 1822 ; m. 
25 July 1850 Emma S. Culbertson. Farmer; Rep., Dem.; she 
Presb.; res. Granville, O. 

Children : 

i. Robert Augustine 8 . 

ii. Lorinda Linn 8 , m. Charles W. Bryant,* a druggist ; res. Granville, 
O.; 2 ch. — Fitch 9 and Miriam 9 . C. W. B. is a devoted geneal- 
ogist ; he favored the author with the use of some old Munson 
deeds which were quite helpful. 

iii. Caroline C. 8 iv. Stanley R. 8 

v. Mary Samantha 8 . vi. Annah Rose 8 . 
vii. Nora E. 8 viii. Grace 8 . 

ix. Morton McMichael 6 . 

Marvin M."s interest in political matters is devouring. Since 
the Greeley campaign he has marched with the Democrats. He 

* Lineage : Orren, Patrick (Chesterfield, Ms.), Dea. Nathaniel, Dea. Nathaniel, Samuel, 
Lieut. John, of Plymouth, Ms., who m. Abigail dau. of Stephen Bryant of Plymouth in 1665 ; 
Stephen was ancestor of William Cullen Bryant. 

Clan Ephraim': Warren! . 919 

has been trustee of the State Agricultural College, and also mem- 
ber of the Legislature (c. g., 1890). He wrote regarding a visitor 
in 1887: "He has piety; I have none, — never knew a Munson 
that had any." He said to me in 1884: "I have rather loose 
notions about everything." 

Judge Albert 8 said of him — "He is a remarkable bundle of 
nerves and brain in a wiry body." He has vigor and passion, 
possesses a fluent and strong utterance, and is an inveterate and 
powerful conversationalist. He is a public speaker, withal. He 
handles a racy and cultivated pen. He is full of historical facts, 
especially touching political affairs. 

When Judge Munson was a member of the Legislature, Marvin 
M.* called on him at his hotel in Columbus. They sat talking 
until 2:30 A. M. when Albert 8 suggested the expediency of retir- 
ing. Marvin was not quite ready. At 3:30 Albert again proposed 
retirement. Marvin requested him to walk up to the O'Neal 
House with him, and so the talk was continued until daylight ! 


Warren' (Jared 6 , Jared", Ephraim 4 ) b. 1788; m. 15 March 1820 
Ann dau. of Capt. Peter Brezee, b. 24 Sept. 1796 in Rutland Co., 
Vt.; he d. 27 Dec. 1841 ; she d. 11 Aug. 1866. Farmer; Bapt.; res. 
Bastard tp., Leeds Co., Canada West, Darlington, Durham Co., 
C. W. 

Children : 

1000. i. John Patrick" b. 17 Dec. 1820 in Bastard tp. 

1001. ii. Caroline 8 ^. 14 July 1822 in B. 

1002. iii. Jared 8 b. 14 Jan. 1824 in B. 

1003. iv. Nicholas Brezee 8 b. 29 Nov. 1826 in B. 

v. Joseph Hunter 8 b. n Aug. 1828 in B. ; m. Sept. 1854 Ann E. dau. 
of Benj. F. Perry of Columbus, C. \V.; no ch.; he d. Sept. 1861 ; 
artist; "Liberal"; Meth.; res. Minnesota. 

1004. vi. Lucy 8 b. 25 June 1830 in B. 

vii. Charlotte Euphrasia 8 b. 22 Sept. 1832 in D.; m. March 1867 Chris- 
topher son of Jacob Mitchell of Hampton, Ont.; she d. June 
1869; Meth.; grad. Normal school, Toronto, 1863. 
viii. James Duncan 8 b, 4 Dec. 1834 in D.; m. 1S68 ; no ch.; he d. 5 
March 1872; machinist; Rep.; res. Cleveland. 
ix. Betsey Ann 8 b. 17 May 1837 in D.; unm.; Meth.; res. Brooklyn, 

N. Y. 
x. Charles Francis 8 b. 28 April 1839 in D.; unm.; printer; Rep.; 
Agnostic ; res. Brooklyn, N. Y. ^g" See below. 

1005. . xi. Mary Etta 8 *. 31 Aug. 1842 in D. 

Warren' was six feet high and some of his brothers were taller. 
He seems to have remained in the States a while after his father 

920 The Munson Record. 

moved to Canada ; to have gone at length to Leeds Co. to the 
home of his Aunt Curtis. There he met the daughter of a N. E. 
Loyalist who had migrated to take possession of a grant of land ; 
her he married in 1820. In 1831 he removed with her and six 
children to Darlington then a wilderness where he bought land 
for a farm. The latter part of his life he " was in good circum- 

Warren' "and several of his brothers" were in the War of 1812. 
He also in 1837 took part in the Papineau Rebellion. This was a 
struggle between oligarchy and the constitutional principle in 
which Papineau was the leader in Canada East. Though the 
insurrection was suppressed, England abandoned her scheme ; 
and the fact that Canada pays no tribute, according to Charles 
F. s , is indebted to that movement. 

f^^At about twelve years of age Charles F." worked in Oshawa 
(then his mother's home); afterward in Toronto and Oswego. He 
graduated at the Normal School, Toronto, 1862 ; then taught four 
years in Bowmanville and Collingwood. He spent a year in a 
blacksmith-shop at Cleveland. He next adopted printing as his 
vocation, which he followed for some twenty years ; he worked 
on the N. Y. Sun, the Times, and the Tribune, and was a year and a 
half in Boston. Having become nearly blind he opened a little 
grocery on De Kalb Ave., Brooklyn. He went to Cleveland 1864, 
Cincinnati 1866, Louisville, Chattanooga, Evansville 1867, N. Y. C. 
1868, Boston 1870, Brooklyn 1872. 

Desiring to overtake a class, at school, he learned in one day 
the last three or four propositions of the second book of Euclid, 
the whole of the third book, and a few propositions of the fourth, 
upon which he passed a satisfactory examination ; result — numb- 
ness in the back of the head, and hot food in the stomach seemed 
like ice. On two occasions he has read forty-eight hours contin- 
uously without sleeping or eating, until the pages assumed vari- 
ous colors, such as pink, then dark-green, then green. 


William 7 (Jared', Jared 6 , Ephraim 4 ), m. Mary Arnold ; res. Bow- 
manville, Can. 

Children : 

i. Ethan 8 , m. Matilda Rex ; 3 ch. — Alfred 9 , Eliza 9 , and another, 
ii. Cyrus 8 , in. Amanda Jacobs ; res. Bowmanville ; 3 ch. — William 9 , 

Verbena 9 , Mary 9 , 
iii. Samuel 8 , m. Susan Bustle ; res. Iowa ; ch. — Charlotte 9 , and others. 

Clan Ephraim* : Loveland 6 . 92 1 

iv. Daniel 6 , m. Sophia Bustle ; res. Iowa ; 3 ch. — James', Mary 9 , Louis 

Napoleon Buonaparte 9 . 
v. William 8 , m. Delia Bacon ; no ch.; res. Iowa. 
vi. Oliver 9 , m. Melissa Silver ; res. Iowa ; 4 ch. — Julia 9 , Charles 9 , two 

vii. George 8 , m, Kalista Bacon ; res. Iowa ; 2 ch.— Dexter 9 , George 9 , 
viii. Mary Ann 8 , m. William Hill ; no ch.; she dec. 
ix. Warren*, m. Ann Brokenshire ; no ch.; /«. (2nd) sister of Delia and 

Kalista Bacon (above) ; res. Iowa. 

William 7 succeeded his father on the homestead. 


Truman 7 (Jared 6 , Jared 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 27 Dec. 1805 ; ///. 25 Oct. 
1825 Maria T. Mosley b. 24 Nov. 1805. Res. Buffalo, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Hiram D. 8 b. n Aug. 1826 in Bowmanville, Ont.; m. at Buffalo 25 

Jan. 1854 Mary Dickinson; no ch.; nursery business in Black 

Rock (on island in Niagara River); res. Black Rock, Erie Co., 

N. Y. 
ii. Cameron Lester 8 b. 21 Aug. 1831 in Buffalo ; m. at Cobourg, Ont. 

30 Oct. 1855 Mary McGraw ; no ch.; res. Bowmanville, Ont. 
iii. Juliet 8 b. 22 Nov. 1835 in Buffalo ; m. 7 March 1853 Capt. Francis D. 

Harrison ; res. Buffalo ; 2 ch. — (1) Frank J. 9 b. 22 Oct. 1855 at 

Irving, N. Y., (2) Hiram C. 9 b. 16 Aug. 1862 at Irving, address, 

No. 15, City and County Hall, Buffalo. 


Cyrus 7 (Rufus", Jared 5 , Ephraim 1 ) b. 22 Jan. 1791 ; m. at Man- 
chester 10 Aug. 1816 Catharine dau. of Samuel Walker of Wood- 
bury, Ct., b. 17 April 1794 ; no ch.; she d. 13 Jan. 1841 ; /;;. (2nd) 
10 Nov. 1841 Lucy dau. of Asa Loveland of Manchester, b. 10 Sept. 
1800; 1 ch.; she d. 24 March 1878; he d. 1 Oct. 1857. Farmer; 
Whig., Rep.; Cong.; res. Manchester, Vt. 

Child : 
i. Loveland 8 b. 21 July 1843 in M.; m. 4 May 1882 Mary Burton 8 dau. 
of Alexander B. Campbell (and Anna M. 1 Hollister), b. 13 Oct. 
1862 in Mendon, 111.; lawyer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Manchester, Vt. 

%3g~ Mr. and Mrs. Loveland Munson are second cousins, and 
they have expended much effort in collecting information con- 
cerning the descendants of /~>? ^ f~7s/ 
their great-grandfather. The o&tn^^^^C//^U^*^lj^^^^y 
estimable and cultured Mary C. has been especially helpful. 

922 The Munson Record. 

ttional Con- * /; /7 

1870 ; repre- /^a/w, ^ j^UAygzn^— 

They occupy his father's homestead. Loveland 8 was a member of 
the Constitutional Con- 

sented Manchester in the 
Legislature of 1872, 1874, 
and 1882 ; was senator from Bennington County and president 
pro tempore of the Senate, 1878 ; has been Judge of Probate, Dist. 
of Manchester, and is now a Judge of the Supreme Court* of 
Vermont. He is a rising man, gifted, scholarly, learned and wise. 
His after-dinner speech at the Reunion of 1887 was a model. He 
is First Vice-President of the Munson Association. The admir- 
able address of Judge Munson on The Early History of Manches- 
ter, delivered Dec. 27, 1875, has been published.! 

Jesse 7 (Rufus*, Jared b , Ephraim 4 ) b. 21 Aug. 1792 ; m. 1813 
Sophia dau. of Jonathan^ Tallmadge of Greenfield, b. 13 Oct. 1791 
in Canaan, Ct.; she d. 10 May 187 1 ; he d. 24 Oct. 1879. Shoe- 
maker, tanner, farmer, merchant, lumber-business; Dem.; Episc; 
res. Greenfield, Sar. Co., — Bradford, Steuben Co., N. Y. 1S38- 
1871, — YVilliamsport, Pa. 

Children, b. in G. : 
1006. i. Rufus 8 b. 15 Nov. 1813. 

ii. Cyrus 8 b. 13 July 1815 ; unm.; d. 1 Aug. 1S48 ; clergyman ; Episc; 
res. Meriden, New Milford, Ct. His preparatory course was at 
Burr Seminary, Vt.; entered Kenyon Coll., O., 1834, grad. Wash- 
ington Coll. (now Trinity) 1838 ; member Theo. Sem. of N. Y. ; 
ord. deacon by Bp. Doane at Burlington, N. J., 8 Oct. 1843; 
ord. priest by Bp. Brownell at Danbury, Ct., 9 Nov. 1844 ; he had 
already been chosen rector of St. Andrews, Meriden ; under his 
ministry the foundations of the second Episc. sanctuary were 
laid. In June 1848 he accepted a call to St. John's Church, New 

* Appointed by Gov. Dillingham in 1889 ; elected 1800 ; reelected 1892. 

t Pp. 63. 

X Born 16 Sept. 1758, son of James b. 1721, son of Thomas b. 1688, son of Enos b. 4 Oct. 1656. 
George Munson 8 Curtis furnishes the following from O'Callahan's Documentary History of New 

" Die Lunae 25 Novembris 1689 

Capt. Bull arrived at ye Green Bush with 87 men from N. England : on Teusday following 
marched with flying collors into Citty where he was Reed by ye Mayr & aldermen att ye gate & 
bid welcom. he Drew up his men in ye midle of ye Broad Street gave three volleys & was 
answerd by 3 gunns from ye fort." 

" The 29 day of Novembr 1689 
Leift Enos Talmadge of Capt Buls Company marched w" 24 men to Skinnecudy to keep vt 

" List of ve people kild and Destroyed by ye French of Canida & there indians at Skinnech- 
tady twenty miles to ye Westward of Albany between Saturday and Sunday ye 9th day of Feb- 
ruary i6fg" : includes " Enos Talmidge Leift of Capt Bull kild & burnt." 


Clan Ephrain?: Jesse 1 . 923 

Milford, where he died after a short illness. His burial was from 
the Meriden Church of which he was lately rector, where, and on 
the same day, he was to have been married.* " He was a prom- 
ising young man, and much esteemed," says the Hist, of New 
Milford. His epitaph, selected by the Rev. Dr. Deshon : "He 
asked life of Thee and Thou gavest him long life, even forever 
and forever." 

1007. iii. Adeliza 8 b. 19 May 1817. 

1008. iv. Edgar 8 b. 21 April 1820. 

1009. v. Augusta 8 b. 17 June 1833. 

After the death of his father, Jesse', being yet a child, lived 
with his uncle John Burton at St. Albans. He used to relate that 
when anticipating a certain journey, he sat up nearly the whole of 
the previous night, holding a tallow candle, that the itinerant 
shoemaker might have sufficient light for the completion of a 
pair of new shoes. At the age of thirteen he began to live with 
his uncle Curtis Burton at Green6eld, whose business, — tanning, 
shoemaking and farming, he subsequently purchased. One of his 
early successes consisted in opening a temporary store for the sale 
of boots and shoes in Canada, during the War of 1812 ; large 
quantities were disposed of to the soldiers. He added to his other 
business the sale of dry-goods, and also lumbering in the adjacent 
county of Essex. For twenty-six years he conducted his various 
branches of business to a financial success. His energy knew no 
bounds : he would often drive to the Hudson, twenty miles, so 
early in the morning that he would be obliged to waken some of 
the inhabitants to learn whether he could cross the river on the 
ice, — which bent and swayed under its burden. 

Regretted by the whole community, he removed with his family 
to Bradford where there were better opportunities for lumbering. 
There in connection with his son-in-law H. Merriman, he pur- 
chased saw and gristmills, and timber and farming lands. Later, 
merchandising was added to the business of the family ; and later 
still, there were purchases of vast tracts of pine and other timber 
in Potter and Clinton counties, Pa. 

In April 1850, Jesse', H. Merriman and A. Clement purchased 
101A acres "on the waters of Kettle Creek," in Leidy tp. In 
August following they purchased the "privilege of erecting a 
dam to raise the water in Kettle Creek," at a cost of $100. In 
Feb. 1852 they made a purchase "on the South side of the West 
Branch of the Susquehanna River." Jesse conveyed 19 March 
1866 to his sons Rufus 8 and Edgar' and his son-in-law George R. 

• To the present Mrs. Edgar 3 Munson. The age of telegraphs had not yet dawned ; and 1 am 
told that friends who gathered for wedding festivity were greatly shocked to find a funeral. 

924 The Munson Record. 

Curtis "the undivided one-half part of all that certain large tract 
of land lying and being south of the West Branch of the Susque- 
hanna river in the county of Clinton," 14,193 acres ; price, $30,000. 
(Thirty-five years later, 200 acres cost §54,000.) 

Jesse' and his family founded and sustained the Bradford 
Academy for manv years. He contributed largely to the erec- 
tion of the Episcopal Ch. (St. Andrews) and to its maintenance, 
while others did not fail to receive from his liberal hand. As 
supervisor, during the War of the Rebellion, the quota of soldiers 
for Bradford owing to his activity was filled earlier than that of 
any other in the count}" ; he gave from his own funds from ten to 
twenty-five dollars for each man. He exerted himself vigorously 
in behalf of temperance. When some workmen brought a decan- 
ter into his field, he smashed it against a tree. The incident 
created great excitement, and figured in the temperance lectures 
of that period. Throughout his career, Jesse " was remarkable for 
his originality, activity and integrity." After the death of his 
wife he resided with his son in Williamsport. 


Benjamin 7 (Rufus 6 , Jared 6 , Ephraim') b. 19 Nov. 1794; tn. 6 
April 1823 Maritta dau. of Joel Pratt, of Manchester b. 16 March 
1801 ; he d. n Aug. 1876 ; she d. 30 July 1880. Farmer; Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Manchester, Vt. 

Children, b. in M.: 
1010. i. Man- Ann 8 b. 13 June 1,828. 
ion. ii. Cyrus Brookins 6 b. 12 June 1834. 

1012. iii. Josiah Burton 8 b. 6 March 1836. 

1013. iv. Joel Augustus 8 b. 26 Aug. 1838. 

Benjamin 7 lived on the ancestral homestead which remained in 
the family 105 vears. He was a volunteer in the War of 1812, and 
became a captain of militia. 


Polly 7 (Rufus 6 , Jared 5 , Ephraim') b. 31 Dec. 1796 ; m. 27 April 
1816 Alvah Hollister b. 1 Aug. 1791 in M., a farmer, Whig and 
Rep.; he d. 8 Nov. 1872 ; she d. 11 Oct. 1874. Cong.; res. Man- 
chester, Vt., Plattsburg, N. Y., Sandgate, Vt. 

Children : 
i. Harriet Burton 8 b. in Manchester; unm.; d. 24 Aug. 1840; Cong.; 

grad. of Mt. Holyoke Sem. 
ii. Julia Pierpont 8 b. 31 Aug. 1818 in Plattsburg; m. 5 Oct. 1S42 Rev. 
Theodore J. Clark of Cummington, Ms.; Cong.; res. Manches- 

Clan Ephraitn*: Polly 1 . 925 

ter, Vt., East Northfield, Ms.; 4 ch. — (1) Theodore Allen 9 b. 9 
April 1844, d. 2 Sept. 1849, (2) Julia Burton 9 b. 24 Feb. 1848, d. 6 
Sept. 1849, (3) Harriett 9 b. 5 Nov. 1850, m. 25 Dec. 1872 Eugene 
Adams of Boston, res. Brattleboro, Vt., (4) Walter 9 b. 12 Feb. 
1857, d. 2 4 Feb. 1857, (all b. in Cummington, Ms.) 

iii. George Benjamin 8 /'. 20 April 1820 in P.; m. 6 Aug. 1851 Laura 
Burton Strait of Cincinnati ; lawyer ; Whig, Rep.; Presb.; res. 
Cincinnati, O.; ch. — Howard W. 9 grad. Yale '78, daus. grad. 
Vassar, etc. The law-firm of Hollister & Hollister consists of 
G. B. 8 H. and two sons. 

iv. Rufus Munson 8 *. 28 Aug. 1822 at P.; m. 21 Oct. 1852 Sarah Blood 
of Janesville, Wis.; he d. 23 July 1890 at Evansville, Wis.; 
farmer; Whig, Rep.; res. Huron, So. Dak.; 4 ch. — (1) Edward 
Burton 9 b. 5 Sept. 1853 at Sugar Creek, Wis., unm., farmer, res. 
So. Dakota, (2) Charles Alvah 9 /'. 15 Nov. 1855 at Janesville, 
Wis., m. 5 Jan. 1881 Helen Johnson at Evansville, Wis., 
res. Ravenswood, 111., (3) William Frederick 9 b. 26 June 
1858 at J., m. Feb. 1S82 Mary L. Allen, Darlington, Wis., fore- 
man of Huroniter office, res. Huron, So. Dak., (4) Harry Munson 9 
b. 20 Nov. 1871 at J., m. 25 Dec. 1892 Ada Coomer, farmer, res. 
So. Dakota, 
v. Anna Maria 8 b. 25 Nov. 1824 at Manchester ; m. 4 June 1851 Rev. 
Alexander B. son of William Campbell of Rushville, III.; Cong.; 
she grad. Mt. Holyoke Sem. 1845 ; res. Manchester, Vt.; ch. — 
(1) William R. 9 b. 22 Feb. 1855 in Rushville, 111., m. in Somerville, 
Ms., 7 March 1895, Angeline Crosby of Brewster, Ms., ord. 1881 
pastor Highland Ch. (Cong.), Boston, Ms., (2) Mary Burton 9 b. 
13 Oct. 1862 in Mendon, 111., m. Loveland 8 , which see. 

vi. Sarah Howes 8 b. 22 July 1829 at Sandgate ; unm.; d. 1874 ; Cong. 

vii. Josiah Burton 8 b. 17 June 1831 at S.; m. 21 Aug. 1867 Frances 
Cynthia dau. of William Page of Rutland ; she d. 16 Dec. 1886 ; 
marble-producer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Manchester, Rutland, Vt. 
Josiah B. 8 has been representative and senator in the Vt. Legis- 


Mary C (Warren , Jared", Ephraim 4 ) b. 4 Dec. 181 1 ; m. 18 Oct. 
1832 Isaac Henry Smith of 'La Colle, P. Q., b. 27 Jan. 1810 in Bur- 
lington, Vt., an officer in H. M. C; she d. 17 April 1859 at Trout 
River, N. Y.; he d. 20 May 1863 at Hemmingford, P. Q. Episc; 
res. La Colle, P. Q. 

Children : 

i. Merritt Munson" b. 8 Dec. 1834 at Bedford, P. Q.; m. unc. 1859 
Margaret Murray; an officer in H. M. C.J res. Dundee, P. Q.; 2 
ch. living, — Minnie 9 , m. Wesley M c Leod, (2) Fred. 9 

ii. Harriet Emily 8 b. 21 April 1836 at La Colle ; res. Malonc, N. Y. 

iii. Henry Edgar 8 b. 19 Nov. 1838 at L. C; m. 1861 Eliza M. Spencer ; 
she d. July 1873 ; 2 ch.; m. (2nd) 1S77 Frank E. Rhodes ; she d. 

926 The Muiison Record. 

1SS9 ; no ch. living; bookkeeper; res. Stillwater, Minn.; 2 ch. — 

(1) Henry Spencer 9 , m. Fannie M. Johns, (2) Charles Munson 9 , m. 
iv. William Warren" b. 17 Nov. 1842 at L. C: d. y. 
v. Man- Isabella 8 £. 17 Nov. 1S42 at L. C.J m. 1 Sept. 1867 Duncan M. 

Cameron of Trout River, a merchant ; Episc; res. Malone, N. Y. 
vi. Agnes 8 b. 16 April 1S46 at L. C; m. 30 March 1S70 James Macfie of 

Trout River, a physician ; she d. 13 March 1S71 at Ft. Covington, 

N. Y.; Episc. 
vii. Alfred 5 *. n June 1848 at L. C; d. 30 July 1848. 
viii. Arthur 8 (twin) b. n June 1S4S at L. C.J d. 3 March 1849. 

Mary C was of Missisquoi Bay, at date of marriage. 

Jane M.' (Ephraim", Tared 5 , Ephraim') b. 31 Oct. 1814 ; m. 24 
Sept. 1833 Augustus Galusha son of Myron Clark, b. 5 Oct. 1812 
at Rupert, Vt., a tanner and Rep.; she d. 22 March 187 1 ; he d. 10 
May 1879. Cong.; res. Manchester, Vt. 

Children, b. in M.: 

i. Helen Maria s b. 12 Aug. 1836 ; m. 2 June 1S64 Mason Smith son of 
Wm. B. Colburn, a tanner and Rep.; Cong.; res. Manchester ; 1 
ch. — Jane Munson 9 b. 5 Oct. 1876 in M., now in B. and B. Sem. 
M. S. C. was member Legislature 1S6S-1875. 

ii. Laura Marcia 8 b. 8 Feb. 1843 ; d. 1 June 1S44. 

iii. Mary Narcissa 8 b. 31 May 1S45 ; m. 5 June 1872 John Harris son of 
Harris Whipple, a miller and Rep.; Cong.; res. Manchester; 3 
ch. — (1) Harris Clark 9 b. 7 Nov. 1874, (2) Augustus Clark 9 b. 29 
June 1876, (3) John Colburn 9 b. 18 July 1878, all b. in M. and now 
in Burr and Burton Sem. 

iv. Myron Augustus 8 b. 3 June 1850 ; d. 3 Sept. 1852. 

A. G. C. was captain of militia, and was member of Legislature 
in 1850. 


Lamira J. 7 (Joseph H.°, Jared 6 , Ephraim') b. 16 March 1803 ; m. 
29 July 1828 Stephen Randal of Montreal, P. Q., b. 1 Jan. 1804, a 
teacher of languages, and " Conservative ;" he d. 27 April 1841 ; 
she d. 30 July 1852. Episc; res. Hamilton, P. Ont., Shefford, P. O. 

Children : 
i. Harriet Munson 8 b. 15 Feb. 1831 ; m. S Sept. 1853 Alexander L. 
Brown of Bedford £.15 Aug. 1831 ; he d. 30 Nov. 1871 ; she d. 14 
Aug. 1886; Episc; res. Bedford, P. Q.; 5 ch.— (1) Charles Pur- 
chace 9 b. 21 Sept. 1853, m, 1874 Annie N. Cupples, harness- 
maker, res. Chicago, (2) Nathaniel Lee 9 6. 13 April 1S57, d. 16 
March 1861, (3) Sarah Lee 9 b. 3 Feb. 1862, m. 1 Nov. 1888 Horace 
A. Blinn, a farmer, res. Stanbridge East, Que., (4) Mary Lamira' 
b. 4 Jan. 1864, d. 24 May 1S68, (5) George Alexander 9 b. 5 Jan. 

Clan Ephraim*: Emily B. 1 927 

1867, m. Dec. 18S9 Lucy R. Wilcox, railway clerk, res. Ottawa, 
Ont., (all b. in Bedford, Que.) 

ii. Charles J. S. 8 b. 14 Aug. 1833 at Hamilton ; m. 11 Dec. 1856 Sophia 
Wilcox of Watertown, N. Y.; noch.; route-agent; Episc; res. 
Rouse's Point, N. Y. 
iii. Mary Hamilton 8 b. 19 Jan. 1836 at H.; unm.; Episc; res. Atlanta, 
Ga., Memphis, Tenn., Golita (P. O., Santa Barbara), Cal. 

iv. Ellen Lamira 8 *. 17 Aug. 1838 at Shefford ; /«. 6 Dec. 1853 Wm. H. 
son of Kellogg Dunton of Monkton, Vt., a farmer ; she d. 21 
April 1888 ; Cong.; res. Rutland, Vt. ; 5 ch.— (1) Harriet* *. 26 
Dec. 1858 in Bristol, Vt., m. 19 Oct. 1881 Edward Dana, res. Rut- 
land, (2) Ada 9 b. 26 July 1861 in B., m. 17 Nov. 1886 Dr. C. B. 
Ross, she d. 28 Jan. 1892, res. West Rutland, Vt., (3) Miriam" b. 
15 Aug. 1864 in B., m. 27 April 1886 Charles A. Simpson, res. 
Rutland, (4) William Kellogg 9 b. 9 March 1868 in B., res. Rut- 
land, (5) Charles Randal" b. 20 Sept. 1873 in Rutland, res. Rut- 

v. Stephen 8 b. 29 March 1841 at S.; m. 1 Sept. 1869 Mary L. Andrews 
of Compton ; he d. 19 Feb. 1889 at Conant, Fla. ; merchant; 
Episc; res. Compton, P. Q.; 7 ch. — (1) Hugh Munson 9 b. 26 
April 1871, d. 28 April '71, (2) Helen Louisa 9 i. 16 May '72, 
teacher at Riviere du Loup, P. Q., (3) Florence Hamilton 9 b. 3 
Nov. 1874, teacher in N. Y. City, (4) Kathleen Maud' 1 b. 7 June 
1S77, (5) Charles Stephen Stewart 9 b. 15 July 1880,(6) Arthur God- 
frey 9 b. 11 June 1882, (7) Philip Andrews Munson 9 ^. 3 Sept. 1884. 


Emily B.' (Joseph H.", Jared 6 , Ephraim') b. 22 Feb. 1810 ; m. 31 
Jan. 1831 David T. R. son of Jonathan Nye, b. 8 Oct. 1808 in St. 
Albans, Vt., a postmaster, and "Conservative" ; she d. July 18S9 ; 
he d. Jan. 1890. Episc; res. Philipsburg, P. Q. 

Children, b. at P. : 
i. George Thatcher 8 b. 25 Oct. 1831 ; m. 1 Jan. 1854 Selina Belknap of 

Danville, P. Q.; 3 ch.; he d. 2 Aug. 1866 at Raleigh, N. C.J 

bookkeeper ; Episc. 
ii. Mary Elizabeth 8 b. 24 Sept. 1833 ; "'■ " July 1872 Augustus Galusha 

Clark; (he m. first Jane M.' dau. of Warren 6 , which see;} Cong.; 

res. Manchester, Vt.; m. (2nd) 9 Dec. 1891 Geo. S. Jones of 

Montreal; res. Philipsburg East, P. Q.; 1 ch.— Emily Bessie 9 /'. 

5 Oct. 1874 at M., d. 31 July 1883. 
iii. Joseph Munson 8 b. 29 Nov. 1843 ; m. 26 April 1871 Esther dau. of 

Chester Roberts of La Crosse, Wis.; druggist, school supt. of 

Faribault Co.; Episc; res. Wells, Minn.; 3 ch. — (1) Jessie M. 9 b. 

12 Feb. 1872 at La Crosse, teacher high-school. Wells, (2) Charles 

Munson' b. 14 May 1875 at Hokah, Minn., (3) Frank C.'b. 4 Sept. 

1878 at Wells, 
iv. Jessie Matilda 8 *. 11 June 1856 ; d. 26 Sept. 1867. 

D. T. R. N. was Lieut-Col. of militia. 

928 The Munson Record. 


Luman 7 (Noble', Ephraim 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 1 March 1800 ; m. 
Sally dau. of Abraham Gaige of Bristol ; 4 ch.; she d. abt. 1843 ; 
///. (2nd) 1837 Sophia Thompson of Bristol ; 2 ch.; he d. 10 Aug. 
1877. Iron mfr., merchant ; Whig, Rep.; res. Bristol, Vt. 

Children : 

1014. i. William Gaige 8 b. 4 March ]S24 in B. 

1015. ii. Noble Datus 8 b. 21 Sept. 1827 in B. 

1016. iii. Titus L. s b. 11 June 1S34. 

iv. Byron P. 8 b, 30 Aug. 1836 ; m. — Ward of New Haven, Vt. ; m. (2nd) 
Alice C. Brooks of New Haven, Vt.; no ch.; he d. 1877, a. abt. 
40; harness-business in Vt., commercial railroad-agent in 111.; 
res. Ouincy, 111., wid. Chicago, 111. 
v. Myron D." b. 1838 ; d. a. abt. 21 ; worked at harness-business. 

vi. Martin L. 8 b. 1840 ; d. at perh. S y. 

Luman 7 conveyed property in 1831 for $900, and in 1836 for 
$2700. He and George C. Dayfoot quitclaimed i£ acres in Bris- 
tol : "it is particularly understood . . that it shall be and 
remain for a public common." (One of the witnesses was D. J. 


Noble 7 (Noble", Ephraim 5 , Ephraim') b. 20 Dec. 1812; m. 15 
Nov. 1842 Sultana Mathewson of Bristol. Stage-route, etc.; Whig, 
Rep.; res. Bristol, Vt. 

Children : 

1017. i. Emma Mathewson 8 b. 5 Oct. 1844 in B. 
ii. Susan 8 b. 19 April 1855 ; d. 26 Feb. 1873. 

Betsey F. 7 (Noble", Ephraim 5 , Ephraim*) b. Dec. 1815 ; tn. 1840 
Leonard Martin of Ferrisburg, Vt., a merchant and farmer ; he 
d. 19 March 1891 ; she is a. 77, 1S94. Res. Big Bend, Wis. 

Children : 
i. Ann Eliza 8 b. 22 June 1842 at Muskego ; m. 10 Oct. 1S66 Everett 
Chamberlin ; he d. 19 Feb. 1S75 at Jacksonville, Fla. ; res. 
Chamberlin, Wis. ; 4 ch. — (1) Mary Elizabeth 9 b. 17 July 1867 in 
Milwaukee, (2) Richard Everett 9 b. 27 Sept. 1869, d. 15 Dec. 1886, 
(3) Leonard Martin 9 b. 21 Feb. 1871, d. 23 Oct. 1871, (4) Julia 
Drake 9 /'. 20 March 1S73. E. C. was a journalist — worked on 
the Wilwaukee Sentinel, Chicago Times, and Chicago Tribune ; 
health failing, he resorted to Florida, 
ii. Sarah Elizabeth 8 b. 25 May 1846 at Muskego ; m. 10 April 1S78 
Charles A. Pride of Chicago, a lawyer ; 1 ch. — David Leonard 9 

Cian Ephraim': Augustine E. 1 929 

b. 10 Aug. 1886 ; res. Lafayette Place, Milwaukee, Wis. C. A. 
P. is in the counsel department of the Northwestern Mutual Life 
Insurance Co. 
iii. S. Munson 8 b. 12 April 1854 at Vernon, Wis.; m. 24 Sept. 1878 
Emma A. Keyser of N. Y. C. ; farmer ; res. Chamberlin, Wau- 
kesha Co., Wis.; 1 ch. — Bessie Munson 9 b. 17 April 1882 at 

L. M. was a land-surveyor in Wisconsin before marriage. He 
operated a large farm. 

James S. 7 (Ephraim , Ephraim 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 25 Dec. 1802 ; m. 
19 Feb. 1844 Maria S. Webb b. 1 March 1820 in Schenectady, N. Y.; 
he d. 28 July 1868; she survives (1893). Physician ; Rep.; Meth.; 
res. Willoughby St., Brooklyn, N. Y * 

Children : 

i. Royal Snyder 8 b. 18 Jan. 1836 in Potsdam, N. Y.; mason; Rep.; 
Meth.; supposed to be deceased. 

ii. Josephine P. 8 b. 4 May 1845 in Southport, Wis.; m. 20 Oct. 1863 

Andrew W. Bell ; Meth.; she d. 15 Sept. 1872. 
iii. Frank J. s b. 23 July 1846 in Southport; pharmacist; Rep.; Meth.; 
res. Willoughby St., Brooklyn, N. Y. He was a graduate in 
pharmacy, and is proprietor and mfr. of Munson's Wild Cherry 
Cough Syrup, and various other preparations — cure, mixture, pill, 
powder, liniment, salve, drop, 
iv. Charles Henry 8 b. 3 Feb. 1859 in Brooklyn ; d. same day. 


Augustine E. 7 (Ephraim", Ephraim 5 , Ephraim*) b.\z Nov. 1805 ; 
m. 18 Feb. 1834 Rhena dau. of Rev. Levi Miller of Louisville, N. 
Y.; he d. 8 Aug. 1891 at Norwood. Clergyman ; Meth.; res. Nor- 
folk, N. Y. 

Children : 

1018. i. William Augustine 8 b. 14 Nov. 183S at Victory, N. Y. 

ii. Mary E. 8 , m. 10 Jan. 1854 Ashley W. Clark of Madrid, N. Y.; res. 
(since '71) Norwood ; 4 ch. d. y. 

1019. iii. Cornelia A. 8 b. Fri., 14 Aug. 1840 in DeWitt, Onondaga Co., N. Y. 

Augustine E. 7 was converted at Potsdam in 1827, and was 
licensed to preach in 1828. He was ordained deacon in 1833, and 
elder Sept. 27, 1835. He is said to have been a man of even tem- 
perament, exemplary in life, and an excellent minister. He con- 
ducted many revivals on the charges which he served. 

A newspaper gives the following outline of his career : " Parish- 
ville, 1831 ; Waddington, 1832 ; Hammond, 1833-4 ; Fort Coving- 

' In March 1828 he was residing in Fort Covington, N. Y 

930 The Munson Record. 

ton,* 1835 ; Theressa, 1836 ; Cape Vincent, 1837 ; Clayton, 1838 ; 
Victory, 1839-40 ; North Manlius, 1841 ; Colosse, 1842-43 ; 
Palermo, 1844 ; Le Ray, 1845 ; Gouverneur and Edwards, 1846 ; 
DeKalb, 1847-50 ; supernumerary, 1851-53, serving a charge under 
the presiding elder. He was superannuated from 1854 to 1891. 
He was next to the oldest member of the conference, having been 
a member sixty-one years." 

His health was poor many years. During superannuation, he 
resided one year at Louisville, N. Y., and then removed to Nor- 
folk, N. Y. In the Spring of 1891 he and his wife went to Nor- 
wood, N. Y., to reside with their daughter and son-in-law A. W. 

His pastor wrote : " I delighted to have him assist me in my Sun- 
day services. All the fervor of other years would come upon him 
in prayer. . . In my interviews with him, all was bright and 
cheerful, and he found the Gospel he preached to others, had 
power to sustain and comfort him in death." 

Horatio G.' (Ephraim 8 , Ephraim 6 , Ephraim*) b., say, abt. 1808; 
d. 187 1. Merchant ; res. Potsdam, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Horatio Seymour 8 b. , say, abt. 1S33 ; m.; has sons, 
ii. Dau., m. Pease. 

Horatio G. 7 is said to have been "a man highly esteemed." He 
joined with Augustine E. 7 , Myron G. 7 , and others, 14 Aug. 1838, 
in quitclaiming 32 acres — "the same home lot that Ephraim Mun- 
son owned in his life-time " (excepting 8 acres). He was guardian 
19 Feb. 1829 to Maria E., Horatio S., and Wealthy P. Munson, 
" heirs of Oliver Pier late of New Haven." 


Oscar D. 7 (Anson 6 , Thaddeus 5 , Ephraim*) b. 12 Jan. 1812 ; m. 11 
Nov. 1833 Sarah L. Bennet of Auburn, N. Y. Dentist, U. S. 
assayer ; Rep.; res. San Francisco, family, Auburn, N. Y. 

Children : 

1020. i. Sarah Jane s b. 2S Nov. 1834 in A. 

1021. ii. Caroline" b. 7 Dec. 1843 in A. 

The Doctor practiced dentistry several years in Auburn. In 
1849 he went to California. He has been assayer at the U. S. 

* While there, in May 1835 he disposed of 8 acres in New Haven, M set off to me as heir of 
Ephraim Munson, . . the home-farm of the said deceased." 

Clan Ephraim': Major 77 931 

mint in San Francisco, with which he was connected between 
twenty and thirty years. He superintended the building of the 
U. S. mint in Denver. Displaced by Cleveland. 


Major T.' (Anson", Thaddeus 5 , Ephraim') b. 13 March 1816 ; m. 
13 May 1838 Flavella Eliza Cushing of Putney, Vt. Contractor ; 
Rep.; res. Allston, Ms. 

Children : 
i. Mary Eliza s b. 2 June 1S40 at Bellows Falls, Vt.; m. Thomas C. 
Davis of Dedham, Ms.; 5 ch. — (1) Laura 9 , (2) Robert Augustus 9 , 
(3) William Thaddeus, 9 (4) Nellie F. 9 , d. <r. 1 y., 1 d., (5) Jessie 
Ellen 9 . 
1022. ii. Martha Hall 8 b. 30 May 1846 at Waltham, Ms. 

iii. Edward Cushing 8 b. 24 May 1848 at Northfield, Vt. ; m. 12 Feb. 
1879 Ellen S. Robinson of Portland ; he d. 16 Sept. 1894 ; con- 
tractor; res. Portland, Me.; 1 ch. — Ada R. 9 b. 9 Feb. 1881 at P. 

Major TV received the name of his grandfather, title and all. 
He is usually designated as "The Major" throughout one-half of 
N. Y. S., and one-half of Mass. He has been closely associated 
with his brother Norman C. 7 in his great enterprises as a builder 
of railroads, etc. Among his transactions in real-estate was the 
purchase in Sept. 1859 of six acres on Prospect Hill in Hudson, 
N. Y., which he sold in Nov. 1865 for $9750. 


Miriam E.' (Anson", Thaddeus 6 , Ephraim*) b. 19 March 1818 ; m. 
n Dec. 1839 Alvah M. Reynolds in Putney, Vt.; she d. 14 Dec. 
1854 in Royalton, Vt. 

Children : 

i. Henry Munson 8 b. 8 Nov. 1839 > <?• 2 7 Sept. 1840. 

ii. Sarah Helen 8 b. 12 Dec. 1841 ; d. 15 Dec. 1841. 

iii. Charles Smart 8 b. 2 Oct. 1845 in Shirley, Ms.; m. 14 Sept. 1867 Mary 
E. dau. of Thomas Fortune, b. 21 June 1843 in New Bedford, 
Ms.; engineer; Rep.; Meth.; res. Springfield, Ms.; was soldier 
2 yrs. in War of Rebellion ; 7 ch. — (1) Alvah Custar 9 b. 29 April 
1868 in Charlestown, Ms., (2) James Clifford 9 b. 30 Sept. 1869 in 
Hartford, Vt., (3) Francis Arthur 9 b. 16 Oct. 1S70 in H., (4) 
William Bertrand 9 b. 16 June 1872 in H., (5) Katie Alice 9 *. 11 
Dec. 1874 in H., (6) Bessie May 9 b. 7 Nov. 1876 in H., (7) Charles 
Harlan 9 *. 11 Dec. 1883 in Spring6eld. 

iv. Francis Alvah 8 b. 13 May 1849 ; d. 13 Nov. 1849. 
v. Frederick Anson 8 b. 1 Dec. 1850; res. Helix, San Diego Co., Cal. 

vi. Merian Katharine 8 b. 22 Nov. 1S54 ; d. 23 June 1865. 


932 The Munson Record. 


Norman C (Anson 6 , Thaddeus 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 15 Aug. 1820; m. 
at Grafton, Ms., 22 Dec. 1841 Lucy Emily Hathaway b. in G. 15 
May 1822; he d. 16 May 1885. Contractor; Rep.; res. Shirley 
Village, Ms. 

Children : 
i. Isabella 8 b. 14 April 1843 in Saco, Me.; d. 11 Jan. 1845. 
ii. George Wallace 8 *. 10 April 1845 in Shirley ; d. 26 April 1851. 
iii. Edwin Walter 8 b. 5 March 1847 in Sh.; d. 7 Sept. 1847. 
iv. Jenny Lind 8 b. 25 Sept. 1850 in Sh. ; d. 6 May 185 1. 
v. Norman Eugene 8 /'. 5 May 1852 at Northfield, Vt.; d. same day. 
1023. vi. Nellie Czarina 8 b. 14 May 1856 in Wilmington, Del. 

vii. Banks Boutwell 8 b. I Nov. 1862 in Sh.; d. 13 Nov. 187S. 

Norman C. 7 , having acquired a common-school education, 
early left the farm, and struck out for himself. He began his rail- 
road education as a laborer 
in building the Boston and 
Worcester R. R. After the 
road was completed, he was assigned the duty of keeping a section 
of the road in repair. When work on the Eastern R. R. was 
commenced, he became an overseer for the contractor ; and after 
the completion of that road, he became a sub-contractor in the 
building of the Fitchburg R. R. 

He next contracted to build the Feltonville branch of the Fitch- 
burg R. R., from So. Acton to Marlboro, about 15 miles, which he 
completed. He then laid, by contract, the track of the Stony 
Brook R. R., from Groton Junction to Lowell, about 20 miles. 
From there he went to New Hampshire, where in partnership 
with another he built the Portsmouth and Concord R. R. In 
1848 he built the second track for the Fitchburg R. R. from Con- 
cord to Fitchburg, 20 miles. 

His next contract was to build the second tract on the Hudson 
River R. R. from Peekskill to Rhinebeck, 51 miles, which was 
completed in 1854. He performed an important service for the 
Phil., Wilmington & Bait. R. R., straightening that line near 
Havre de Grace. He constructed for the City of Baltimore in 
1857 a fine boulevard known as North Avenue. 

Norman C.'s personal magnetism, energy and faith in the future 
growth of the city, enabled him in 1858 to arrange a contract with 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Boston, and the 
Boston Water-Power Company, for filling the Back-Bay region, 
which included the site of the Public Garden ; there were 300 
acres, of which the State owned 100. His equipment to carry on 

Clan Ephraim': 

X or man C. 1 


this immense work comprised 14 locomotives, 225 cars, two steam- 
excavators, and 25 miles of track. For seventeen years he ran his 
trains and steam-excavators night and day most of the time. This 
was the greatest contract ever executed in Massachusetts ; and by 
it, he became a millionaire. 

While engaged in that enterprise, he contracted to build 26 
miles of very heavy work for the Boston, Hartford and Erie R. R., 
extending from Putnam to Willi- 
mantic, Conn.; this he had nearly 
completed when the company 
failed, owing him $1,300,000. He 
had also large contracts for fill- 
ing the South Boston flats, and 
for dredging Boston Harbor ; and 
he was an equal partner in the 
business of filling the Church St. 
district in Boston. In 1870, he 
built the Middlesex Central R. R. 
in Mass., eight miles, and the 
Montpelier & Wells River R. R. 
in Vermont, 40 miles. 

In 187 1, he commenced the Mas- 
sachusetts Central R. R., 117 miles 
in length, which he pushed rapidly 
forward until the panic of 1873 suspended all railroad construc- 
tion in New England. He " went through insolvency proceed- 
ings," says the Springfield Republican, "and took hold of his pet 
scheme again in*i88o. Building was begun all along the route. 
But the prosperity did not last long, and Munson failed again in 
1882." He had however completed 38 miles of the road. Soon 
after the failure of 1873, he entered into a large contract with the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the reconstruction of the 
Troy and Greenfield R. R., which he carried forward to comple- 
tion. The first locomotive which passed through the Hoosac 
Tunnel was his own, the "N. C. Munson." 

The author was kindly received by the distinguished contractor 
at his office, 28 State St., in Boston, 24 Oct. 1882. His features 
were plain, and his form was stalwart. While he was executing 
his first contract, he adopted Shirley Village as his home. There 
he built several houses, and a large factory ; and he fitted up a 
fine hall with all the conveniences for lectures and entertainments. 

He enclosed the village cemetery with a fence, including a fine 
entrance, at a cost of $6,500. He paid three-fourths of the expense 


934 The Mnnson Record. 

of a new church costing $22,000, and presented the society with an 
organ costing $3,000. He also generously assisted in repairing 
and decorating two other churches in the village, and he contrib- 
uted liberally to the support of preaching in all these sanctuaries. 

In 1880, Norman C. was elected by an almost unanimous vote to 
represent his town in the Legislature ; he was appointed a member 
of the Committee on Public Lands. During the War, he supported 
the Government to the extent of his power, raising a company for 
three years' service at his own expense. 

While busily working at his desk in his Boston office at about 
half-past one, he was suddenly stricken with great pain. He grew 
rapidly worse, and expired in his office a few minutes after 3 
o'clock. His decease was caused by angina pectoris, arising in part 
from rheumatism. On the day of his funeral, business was sus- 
pended in Shirley, the bells were tolled, and all hastened to offer 
help and sympathy to the afflicted family. 


Charles S. 7 (Anson 8 , Thaddeus 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 20 Sept. 1822 ; m. 
1 Dec. 1842 Charlotte Latham dau. of William Lowe, Portland, 
Me.; she d. 1871 at Earlville, 111.; 5 ch.; m. (2nd) 1872 Maggie dau. 
of Thomas Horsman of Amherstburg, Can.; 4 ch. R. R. 

man, farmer, landlord of hotel ; Rep.; res. Chicago, 111. 

Children : 
i. Edwin Anson b b. at Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, Me.; was a 
member of 104th 111. Vols, and was killed 20 July 1863 in the 
battle of Peach Tree Creek, the first battle before Atlanta, Ga. 
ii. Bertrand Alphonso 8 b. at Cape Elizabeth ; m.; res. Chicago ; 1 ch. 
— Edwin A. 9 . Bertrand was a member of the 12th 111. Cavalry 
and served until the close of the War. 
iii. Henry Clay 8 b. at Northfield, Vt.; res. Earlville, 111. 
iv. Clara Lincoln 8 ^, in Ophir, 111.; m. George L. Clark; 1 ch.— Cas- 
mer 9 , res. St. Paul, Minn. 
1024. v. Frank DeMerrit 8 /'. 12 Nov. 1856 in Earlville, 111. 
vi. Charles Garfield 8 , (by 2nd wife.) 
vii. May 8 . viii. Albert Ingham 8 . 

ix. Gracie Pearl 8 . 

Charles S.' moved from Northfield, Vt., to La Salle Co., 111., in 
the Fall of 185 1, and from there to Chicago in the Fall of 1869. 
He was landlord of the Massasoit House, opposite the Mich. 
Central, 111. Central, and C. B. and Q. R. R., depots. 

Clan Ephraim 1 : Silas H. 1 935 


Silas H. 7 (Anson*, Thaddeus 6 , Ephraim') b. 2 Sept. 1827 ; m. 4 
Dec. 1850 Martha Runyon dau. of John Herring, of Brooklyn, N. 
Y., b. 11 Feb. 1828 in Bethlehem, N. Y.; she d. 24 June 1879 ; he d. 
23 Jan. 1892. Contractor; Rep.; res. Boston, Ms. 

Children : 

1025. i. Ida Czarina 6 b. 29 Sept. 1851 in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 

ii. Jenny Lind 8 b. 21 Sept. 1853 in Poughkeepsie; d. 10 Aug. 1854. 
iii. Florence Melvina 8 b. 6 May 1855 in Wilmington, Del.; unm.; d. 12 

Sept. 1885 ; Cong. (memb. Shawmut Ch.) ; res. Roxbury, Ms. 
iv. Lillian Electa 8 b. 16 Jan. 1859 in N. Y. C.j m. 18 June 1885 William 

Waldo Hill of Boston, an editor (Boston Journal) and Rep.; Cong. 

(memb. Shawmut Ch.) ; res. Boston. 

We quote the New York Herald of Jan. 24 : " Silas H. Munson, 
formerly of the firm of N. C. Munson and Co., contractors, of 
Boston, died there yesterday # '.. ^y q. r 

morning, at the age of sixty-four -^/^ ?<P./?U^n^>^ 
years. Mr. Munson and his brother were for many years widely 
known as railroad contractors, and were engaged in a large num- 
ber of important enterprises of that character. They also per- 
formed a great amount of the work required in filling the Back 
Bay district of Boston." Silas H. was a plain-featured, pleasant 
man ; he had a good mind and wielded a good pen. He furnished 
us with valuable information in regard to his immediate branch. 


Cyrus D.' (Anson 8 , Thaddeus 6 , Ephraim') b. 2 Sept. 1827 ; m. 7 
Sept. 185 1 Eliza Cox of Hudson. Associated with N. C. Munson 
and Co.; Rep.; res. Hudson, Ms. 

Children : 

1026. i. Myron Fremont" b. 23 July 1S52 in Hudson, N. Y. 

1027. ii. Ella Frances 8 *. 6 April 1854 in La Porte, Ind. 

Cyrus D. 7 is good-looking, very genial and intelligent ; he is 
pretty large and tall, like all his brothers whom I have seen. He 
and his son have a pineapple plantation in Ankona, Brevard 
Co., Fla. 


Myron A.' (Anson 8 , Thaddeus 6 , Ephraim') b. 11 May 1836 ; m. 
16 Jan. 1861 Mary Virginia Fales of Washington, D. C. Con- 
ductor (Air Line R. R.) ; Rep.; res. Medway, Needham, Ms. 

936 The Munson Record. 

Children : 
i. Norman Carmine 8 b. 20 April 1863 at Medway ; res. Needham in 

ii. Carrie Virginia 8 b. 6 Feb. 1868 at M. 

Myron A.' is a handsome man. During an interview with his 
namesake, the author, who had been called to Boston to perform a 
marriage ceremony, he related that v. few evenings previously 
while going out on his train, he had picked up a pocket memor- 
andum-book which contained a marriage-formula. He put it in 
his pocket, presuming that it belonged to some clergyman of 
Newton and that it would be called for. On reaching home, he 
remarked to his family that he was now prepared to tie the knot 
matrimonial. A few evenings later when he returned home, his 
daughter had seen a notice of a marriage at which " Myron A." 
officiated, and she fired at the conductor a "guess" that he had 
found an opportunity to utilize his formula ! 

John P. 8 (Warren 7 , Jared", Jared 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 17 Dec. 1820 ; m. 
15 Feb. 1854 Mary dau. of Nathan Gifford, of Darlington, Can.; 3 
ch.; she d. unc. 2 Oct. 1869 ; m. (2nd) 8 Oct. 1873 Eliza Cornelius 
Hill dau. of John Cornelius ; no ch. Farmer ; " Liberal " (pol.) ; 
res. Bowmanville, Can. 

Children : 
i. Harry 9 b. 8 May 1859. 

ii. Ella 9 b. 22 Feb. 1861 ; m, John Banton, a farmer; 3 ch. — (1) Ger- 
trude' b. 8 May 1879, (2) Laura 10 *, 12 July 1880, (3) Walter 10 b. 23 
Feb. 1883. 
iii. Frank" b. 7 April 1865. 

John P. 8 is also designated politically as a "Reformer." 


Caroline 8 (Warren 7 , Jared", Jared s , Ephraim 4 ) b. 14 July 1822 ; 
m. 3 June 1844 Obed Hitchcock son of Samuel B. Sprague, of 
Durham Co., Ont, b. 14 Dec. 1822 in Fowler, N. Y., a farmer and 
"Reformer"; she d. 27 Jan. 1884. Meth.; res. Exeter, Ont. 

Children : 
i. Ann 9 b. 2 Sept. 1845 in Ont. Co., Ont.; m. Jan. 1868 James son of 

Richard Handford, a farmer; she d.' 26 Oct. 1875 ; Meth.; res. 

Huron Co., P. Q.; 1 ch.— Wesley 10 *. abt. 1871, res. Cen- 

tralia, Ont. 
ii. Aaron' />. 12 Oct. 1847 in Ont. Co.; d. 22 June 1862. 

Clan Ephraim': Nicholas B. e 937 

Theodore' b. 7 Sept. 1851 in Darlington ; m. 15 June 1S76 Prudence 
dau. of William Banes; farmer; Rep.; Meth.; res. Strongville, 
Mich.; 6 ch. — (1) Caroline Aberta 10 b. 4 April 1877 in Ont., (2) 
Leoline Lauretta 10 16 July '79 in Ont., (3) Edith Ann 10 22 June '82 
in Mich., (4) Arthur James 10 3 March '84 ib., (5) Ella Gertrude 10 26 
July '85 ii., (6) Frank R.'° 15 Aug. '87 ib. 

Nicholas Brezee 9 b. 8 Oct. 1854 in Huron Co.; m. May 1880 Ann J. 
dau. of John Smyth ; farmer ; Rep. ; Meth. ; res. Strongville, 

Charles Munson 9 b. 15 July 1858 in H. Co.; d. 9 July 1867. 

Clarence 9 b. 17 Aug. i860 in H. Co.; m. June 1S82 Mary dau. of 
William Stewart; painter; "Reformer"; Meth.; res. Windsor, 

Laura 9 b. ir April 1S65 in H. Co.; m. James F. Harper; 1 son; 
Meth.; res. Newberry, Mich. 

O. H. S. has been justice of the peace. 


Jared" (Warren 7 , Jared", Jared 6 , Ephraim') b. 14 Jan. 1S24; m. 
Jan. 1854 Louise Hale of Buffalo, N. Y. Blacksmith ; " Liberal" 
(pol.) ; res. Collingwood, Ont. 

Children : 
i. Frank 9 b. 1855. ii. Guy 9 b. 1857. 

iii. Carrie (twin) b. 1857. 
iv. Norman William 9 b. 1859. 
v. Sarah Louise 9 b. 1861. 
vi. Patrick Duncan 9 b. 1863. 

Jared went to Buffalo in 1853, returned to Darlington in '54, and 
settled in Collingwood 1855. 


Nicholas B. 8 (Warren', Jared 6 , Jared 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 29 Nov. 
1826 ; m. 15 Sept. 1862 Elizabeth Sarah dau. of William A. South- 
all, b. 30 March 1840 in Amelia Co., Va.; he d. 13 Jan. 1870. 
Blacksmith ; Rep.; res. Petersburg, Va. 

Children : 
i. Charles Francis 9 b. 30 June 1863 in Richmond, Va. ; machinist, rail- 
way mail service; Rep.; res. Springfield, Mo. His route, Kansas 
City, Mo., to Ft. Madison, la.; salary, $Soo. 
ii. Mar)- 9 b. 1 Nov. 1864 in Petersburg, 
iii. Annie 9 b. 14 May 1866 in P. Seen by the author at her uncle's in 

Blkn., — a nice girl. 
iv. Nicholas Brezee 9 b. 9 Dec. 1868 in P. 
v. Mary Elizabeth 9 b. 9 Jan. 1870 in P. 

938 The Munson Record. 

Nicholas B." was the most athletic of Warren's sons. He was 
fond of adventure and inclined to a roving life. In 1854 he left 
Sandusky, O., for Panama, under contract to forage for the laborers 
on the Panama railroad. He captured huge lizards and a snake 
fourteen feet long. But as game was not plentiful, the hunters 
failed to satisfy the company, and their agents, violating the con- 
tract, ordered the hunters to assist in building the road. Nicholas 
refused, and though threatened with revolvers, took his belongings 
out of the store-house and made his way through the wilderness to 
the coast, where he shipped for New Orleans. A storm arose 
and he was wrecked near Carthagena ; but he escaped with his 
life. In 1855 he went to California ; and he visited other parts of 
The Union. 

At the breaking out of the Rebellion, he was in Petersburg, Va. 
In 1863 he was conscripted for the defence of Petersburg, but 
refused to bear arms against The Union, and made his escape to 
the Federal lines. His wife and two children joined him in Cleve- 
land, O., where he remained until the close of the War, when he 
returned to Petersburg. 


Lucy 8 (Warren', Jared 8 , Jared 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 25 June 1830; m. 23 
Jan. 1856 Alexander McBride, a merchant and Conservative. 
Meth.; res. London, Ont. 

Children, b. at L.: 
i. Frank A. 9 b. 30 Nov. 1856 ; metal-worker ; Conservative ; Meth. ; res. 

ii. George 9 b. 10 Dec. 1858 ; d. 23 June 1859. 
iii. Edward 9 b. 12 Aug. i860 ; metal-worker ; Conservative ; Meth ; res. 

iv. Alfred M. 9 b. 10 Sept. 1862; cutter; Conservative; Meth.; res. 

v. Ella 9 b. 5 July 1864 ; m. 28 April 1885 F. J. Lashbrook ; res. London, 
vi. James D. 9 b. 24 July 1866; clerk; Conservative; Meth.; res. 

vii. Carrie M. 9 b. 25 Nov. 1868 ; res. London, 
viii. Norman 9 b. 18 Sept. 1870; clerk; Conservative; Meth.; res. 

ix. Chester 9 b. 31 March 1872 ; d. 24 Nov. 1879. 


Mary E. 8 (Warren 7 , Jared 8 , Jared 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 31 Aug. 1842 ; m. 
27 May 1864 James son of Henry Elliott, of Hampton, Ont., b. 15 
Dec. 1841 in Darlington, a merchant and "Reformer." Meth.; 
res. Bowmanville, Ont. 

Clan Ephraim 1 : Rufus". 939 

Children : 

i. Mary Jane 9 b. 23 Sept. 1865 in Hampton ; d. 11 Oct. 1866. 

ii. James Duncan Munson 9 b. 4 March 1867 in H.; d. 19 April 1867. 

Hi. Maud Mary 9 b. 17 May 1S6S in H.; res. Bowmanville. 

iv. Eva Blanche' b. 18 Feb. 1870 at Tyrone, Ont.; res. Bowmanville. 

v. Norman James 9 b. 18 June 1874 at T. 

vi. Kate Munson'*. 31 July 1876 at T. 


Rufus 6 (Jesse 7 , Rufus 8 , Jared 5 , Ephraim*) b. 15 Nov. 1813 ; m. 14 
Feb. 1839 Lavinia dau. of Absalom Early ; he d. 5 Jan. 1867 ; she 
d. 19 Feb. 1874. Merchandise and lumbering; Whig, Rep.; res. 
Bradford, N. Y. 

Children, b. in B. : 
i. Jesse' b. 26 Jan. 1843 ; m. (by Dr. Deshon) 20 April 1870 Anna dau. 
of Asahel Curtis, of Meriden, Ct.; milling, lumbering, farming ; 
res. Bradford. He was ed. at the Academy in Bradford and at 
Ballston, N. Y. Before marriage he was teller in the Home 
Bank at Meriden. 
ii. Lucy Clement 9 b. 19 Oct. 1846 ; m. 2 July 1866 Edward P. Wilson 
of Delaware; she d. 25 Dec. 1876 ; res. Sparta, Wis. (1870). She 
was ed. at New Berlin and Elmira Fern. Coll.; 2 ch. — (i) Rufus 
Munson 10 b. iS May 1867, res. Meriden, Ct., (2) Adelaide Curtis 10 
b. 7 Jan. 1869, res. Bradford, N. Y. 
iii. Cyrus 9 b. 6 Jan. 1850 ; m. (St. Andrew's Ch.) 26 April 1S76 Lila 
dau. of Nathaniel Matthews ; merchant, farmer ; res. Bradford, 
N. Y. Ed. at Bradford Acad, and at Rev. Coit's sch. in Oak- 
land, N. Y. 

Rufus joined his brother Edgar' and G. R. Curtis March 1866 
in the purchase of one-half of a tract of timber-land containing 
14,193 acres. He is said to have possessed "great kindness of 
heart and liberality." 


Adeliza" (Jesse 7 , Rufus", Jared 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 19 May 1817 ; m. 
22 Sept. 1836 Hiram Merriman of Allen's Hill, N. Y.; she d. 2 
April 1894. Res. Bradford, N. Y., Williamsport, Pa. 

Children : 

i. De Forest Holt 9 b. 18 Jan. 1838 ; m. 18 Oct. 1864 Clara Wood of 
Conshohocken, Pa.; grad. of Norwich Univ., Vt.; res. Williams- 
port, Pa.; has dau. Lizzie 10 and Clara 10 . 

ii. Cyrus Munson 9 b. 16 May 1839; m. 22 May 1S61 Georgianna dau. 
of Egbert Crane of Bradford; 2 ch.; res. Williamsport. He 
grad. at Norwich Univ., Vt. 

940 The Munson Record. 

iii. Edgar Clarence 9 b, 28 July 1840 in Bradford ; m. in Benicia, Cal., 4 
March 1867 Emily Henderson dau. of Admiral T. T. Craven ; res. 
(1893) Ridley Park, Pa. Capt. Merriman is a grad. of the Naval 
Academy, Annapolis, was commander of the Adams, at Alaska, 
in 1883, was at the U. S. Navy-yard, Charlestown, Ms., in 1887, 
and at Ridley Park, Pa., in March 1893 ; 6 ch. — . . (5) Isabel 10 
b. 1S90, (6) McDonough Craven 10 b. 11 Jan. 1892. 

iv. Hiram Augustus 9 b. 22 Feb. 1844 in B. ; m. in N. Y. C. June 1876 
Marie dau. of Col. McRae of North Carolina; res. Williamsport. 
v. Henry Benoni 9 b. 6 Aug. 1846 ; d. 14 March 1847. 

Adeliza 8 was a member of Miss Wayland's Sem. at Saratoga. 


Edgar 8 (Jesse 7 , Rufus", Jared 3 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 21 April 1820 in 
Greenfield, N. Y.; m. 13 Oct. 1847 Harriet Eliza dau. of Jonathan 
Talmadge of Allen's Hill, N. Y.; 1 ch.; she d. 27 Nov. 1850 ; ;/;. 
(2nd) 15 June 1852 Lucy Maria only dau. of Amos and Louisa 
(Johnson) Curtis of Meriden, Ct., Dr. Hallam and Dr. Deshon 
officiating in St. Andrew's Ch.; 3 ch. Merchandise, lumber- 
business; Dem.; Episc; res. Bradford, N. Y., Williamsport, Pa. 

Children : 

i. George Edgar' b. 31 July 1850 ; d. 11 Jan. 1851. 
102S. ii. Cyrus La Rue' b. 2 July 1854 in B. 
1029. iii. Robert Hallam 9 b. 27 Jan. 1857 in B. 

iv. Edwin Curtis' *. 10 Nov. 1S58 in B.; d. 9 Feb. 1865. 

Edgar 8 was a student at the academies in Manchester and Ben- 
ington, Vt., after which until the age of nineteen, he was clerk in 
a store at Saratoga Springs. He followed his father's family to 
Bradford, Steuben Co., N. Y., 
engaged in mercantile pur- 
suits, and at the age of twenty- 
seven became a partner of 
Munson & Merriman ; he assumed control of the business even- 
tually. In 1854 he became interested in saw-mills and timber- 
lands along Kettle Creek, Pa. 

He removed to Williamsport, Pa., in 1870, where also he had 
purchased sawmills, and where he subsequently established a 
planing-mill of large capacity. He has done a very extensive 
business as a manufacturer of and dealer in lumber. When the 
author visited him in 1884, he was handling 8,000,000 feet annually, 
and carrying $100,000 insurance. 

For twenty years he was postmaster. He was president of the 
Syracuse, Geneva & Corning R. R. during its construction. He 


Clan Epliraurt: — — Augusta*. 941 

has been president of the West Branch Lumber Co., and was 
the first president of the Lumberman's Exchange. He is largely 
interested in the Kettle Creek Coal-Mining Co., being one of the 
owners of 14,000 acres of coal-lands in that region ; and he is a 
member of the Lycoming Rubber Co. He is president of the 
Williamsport National Bank ; and, finally, at the Munson Reunion 
of 1887, he presided handsomely over the exercises in Centre 

Edgar is of medium height, or a little taller, and his bearing is 
erect. He has a light complexion and bluish eyes ; he wears a 
chin-beard, and his hair has turned white. He is genial and unas- 
suming, passes easily among his fellow-men, and salutes his work- 
men ; yet he is prompt and energetic, and commands respect. 
His domestic relations are most happy; the members of his family 
are affectionate, gifted, aspiring, prosperous, and they have regard 
to the claims of hospitality and of piety. 

Augusta 8 (Jesse 7 , Rufus", Jared*, Ephraim') b. 17 June 1833 ; m. 
(by Dr. Hallam) 22 May 1855 George Redfield Curtis of Meriden 
b. 25 Dec. 1825 ; Treas. of Meriden Britannia Co., Rep.; he d. 20 
May 1893. Episc; res. Meriden, Ct. 

Children, b. in M. : 

i. George Munson'-' b. 27 May 1857 ; m. 30 Nov. 1SS6 Sophie Phillips 
Mansfield ; Asst. Treas., now (1895) Treas., Meriden Britan- 
nia Co. ; Rep.; 
Episc; res. Mer- 
iden ; grad. of 
Cheshire Acad, 
(now Trustee, 
Sec. and Treas.) and was also 2 yrs. in Trinity Coll. ; 1 ch. — 
Agnes Mansfield 10 b. 6 Sept. 18S7. 

ii. Frederick Edgar 9 b. 12 Aug. 1861 ; d. 10 Sept. 1869. 

iii. Agnes Deshon 9 *. 10 April 1S63 ; m. 22 May 1890 Allan B. son of 
W. L. Squire (Treas. X. ¥., N. H. and H. R. R.) ; Episc; res. 
Meriden, Ct. Ed. at St. Margaret's, Waterbury, Ct. 

Augusta* was educated at Ballston Spa, and at Miss Draper's 
Sem., Hartford. G. R. C. held the offices of alderman and mayor 
of his city. 

Mary A. 8 (Benjamin 7 , Rufus', Jared\ Ephraim') b. 13 June 1828 ; 
m. 8 Oct. 1857 Seward S. son of Joseph Burton, b. 10 April 1822 
in Manchester, Vt., a banker and Rep.; she d. 27 May 1881 ; he d. 
1892. Cong.; res. La Crosse, Wis. 

94 2 Tlte Munsoti Record. 

Children : 

i. Emily 9 b. 1858 ; d. &. 7 weeks. 
ii. Anne 9 b. 1859 ; d. Sept. i860, 
iii. Munson 9 b. 8 Dec. 1869 at La C; res. La Crosse. 

Mary A. 8 was a grad. of Mt. Holyoke Sem. 1848. 

Cyrus B. 8 (Benjamin 7 , Rufus", Jared 5 , Ephraim 4 )^. 12 June 1834 ; 
m. 24 Sept. 1857 Harriet Gridley dau. of Hiram S. Walker, b. 5 
June 1836 in Manchester; no ch.; she d. 15 Aug. 1858; m. (2nd) 
19 Oct. 1861 Mary dau. of Clement Harrison, b. 21 May 1834 in 
No. Adams, Ms.; 3 ch.; she d. 9 Nov. 1868 ; m. (3d) 12 Oct. 1869 
Susan B. dau. of Levi W. Cole, £.13 Jan. 1834 in No. Adams ; no 
ch.; he d. 16 June 1882. Farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Lansing- 
burgh, N. Y., Manchester, Vt., wid., Troy, N. Y. 

Children, b. in M. : 

i. Sarah Maritta 9 b. 3 Sept. 1862 ; m. 6 Jan. 1S92 George N. Bacon ; 

res. Bennington, Vt., Albany, N. Y. (1895). 
ii. Lucy Elizabeth 9 b. 4 May 1867 ; m. 8 March 1S8S Wells Valentine, 

mfr. of knit goods ; res. Bennington, Vt. 
iii. Harrison Brookins 9 b, 23 Oct. 1868; res. Waverly, Spokane Co., 

Between 1 March 1856 and 12 Jan. 1861, various heirs at law of 
Wooster Brookins conveyed their rights to "Cyrus B. Munson of 
Lansingburgh " ; and 28 Jan. i860 " C. Brookins Munson of Lan- 
singburgh " made a sale of lots in Lansingburgh. Cyrus B. 8 was 
a captain of militia. 

Josiah B. 8 (Benjamin 7 , Rufus", Jared 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 6 March 
1836 ; m. 26 Sept. 1863 Augusta dau. of Silas E. Millett, b. 4 Sept. 
1847 in Ashland, O. Farmer, lumberman ; Rep.; res. Millett, 
Eaton Co., Mich. 

Children : 

i. Charles Benjamin 9 b. 19 Dec. 1866. 

ii. Josiah Burton 9 6. 18 Jan. 1869. 

iii. Maggie Estella 9 b. 25 Dec. 1871. 

iv. Mary Ann 9 b. 9 Nov. 1875. 

v. Pearl Gay 9 b. 16 Jan. 1878. 

Josiah B. 8 was captain of Co. C, 14th Regt. Vt. Volunteers, in 
the War of 1861. 


[See p. 94..] 

Clan Ephraim*: Noble D." 943 


Joel A." (Benjamin 7 , Rufus 8 , Jared 6 , Ephraim*) b. 26 Aug. 1838 ; 
m. 28 Dec. 1865 Alida Ellen dau. of Daniel P. Walker, b. 21 Sept. 
1846 in Ft. Edward, N.Y. Farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Saratoga tp. 
(P. O., Lisbon), 111. 

Children : 
i. Herbert Augustus 9 b. i Aug. 1867 in Manchester, Vt. 
ii. Bertha 9 b. 17 Sept. 1869 in M.; m. 21 Oct. 1891 William H. Hoge ; 

1 ch. — Robert Burton 10 b. 9 Aug. 1892. 
iii. Murray Randall 9 b. 14 Oct. 1871 in M. 
iv. Tracy 9 b. 27 Sept. 1873 in M. 
v. Flora Maritta 9 b. 24 Sept. 1875 in M. 
vi. Loveland 9 b. 26 May 1879 in Saratoga, 
vii. Grace 9 b. 12 Sept. 1883 in S. 
viii. Charles Wright 9 b. 23 Aug. 1886. 


William G. 8 (Luman 7 , Noble", Ephraim 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 4 March 
1824 ; ;//. 1848 Alma A. dau. of Judge Joseph C. Bradley, of New 
Haven, Vt., b. Aug. 1825 ; he d. 24 Jan. 1879 ; she d. 30 April 1879. 
Merchant, grain-dealer ; res. Bristol, Vt., N. Y. C, Wisconsin, 
Quincy, 111. 

Children : 
1030. i. Sarah Gaige 9 b. 25 Dec. 1849 at Bristol, Vt. 

ii. Mary Eloise 9 b. 6 Aug. 1853 in Bristol; unm.; res. formerly with 
her uncle Noble D. at Springfield and Chicago, with her brother- 
in-law at St. Paul since the death of his wife, 
iii. William Joseph 9 b. at B. ; d. y. 
iv. Bradley 9 b. at B.; d. y. 

v. John Edward 9 b. 26 May 1864 at Waterloo, Wis.; m. 23 Oct. 1890 
Ida M. Williams of St. Paul ; electrician (Edison Co.); res. St. 
Paul ; 1 ch. — Alma Catherine' b. 29 Aug. 1891. 

William G. 8 was of Bristol in Aug. 1854 when he and his wife 
executed a conveyance. In the War of 1861 he was a sutler, — lost 
all once or twice. He was a merchant and manufacturer of per- 
fumery in N. Y. City., e.g., 187 1. He was in the grain business 
when he died. His death resulted from a railroad collision at 
Beloit, Kan. 


Noble D." (Luman 7 , Noble 8 , Ephraim 6 , Ephraim') b. 21 Sept. 
1827 ; m. 31 Dec. 1855 Caroline A. dau. of Isaac Purington, b. 1 
Nov. 1837 in Calais, Me.; 1 ch.; she d. 29 Dec. 1857. R. R. Supt.; 
Rep.; Cong.; res. Springfield, Chicago (1315 Ogden Ave.), 111. 

944 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

i. Leland F. 9 b. 16 Oct. 1856 in Chicago ; d. 31 March 1S62. 
ii. Mary P. 9 b. 28 March 1859 in C; d. 29 June 1879. 
iii. Carrie L. 9 b. 29 April 1864 in Keokuk, la. 
iv. Allan G. 9 b. 26 Jan. 1867 in Quincy, 111. 

Having been educated mainly in his father's store, Noble D. at 
the age of twenty-two went to Chicago as clerk in a wholesale 
house. He decided in 1854 to become a railroad man; he took 
the position of checking clerk in the freight dept., and was soon 
advanced to the position of cashier. He became freight-agent, 
then general agent, and in 1864 Div. Supt. of the C. B. and Q. R. 
R. and general commercial agent for Mo., Kan., Tex. and Col. 
He held this position, though offered that of general supt. of other 
railroads, until 1 July 1878, when softening of the brain occasioned 
by breaking of the skull, necessitated retirement. After four 
years he was well again, when he resumed activity as secretary to 
the railroad commissioners of the State of Illinois.* 


Titus L. 8 (Luman 7 , Noble", Ephraim 6 , Ephraim') b. 11 June 
1834; m. 3 Sept. 1858 Mary J Hill at Waterloo, Wis.; 2 ch.; she 
d. at Hannibal, Mo., 9 Feb. 1877 ; m. (2nd) 1 Aug. 1888 Kate Her- 
rick at Hannibal; 1 ch.; he d. 9 May 1893. Railroading, stock- 
raising ; res. Mankato, Kan. 

Children : 

i. George B. 9 b. 28 March 1859 at Stockbridge, Wis.; m. 16 Sept. 1882 
Belle Richardson ; farmer ; res. Montrose, Kan. 

ii. Kate G. 9 b, 20 Sept. 1861 at Camp Point, 111.; m. 24 Dec. 1882 Geo. 
W. Collins, hardware dealer ; res. Belleville, Kan. 

iii. Titus Herrick 9 b. 14 March 1893. 

Titus L. went west in Sept. 1855 and attended Belt's Commer- 
cial Coll. at Chicago the following winter. Engaged in railroad- 
ing at Chicago, Quincy and Camp Point, 111., Keokuk, la., 
Chillicothe and Hannibal, Mo., until Aug. 1878, having been 
general agent the last eleven years ; he had twenty-one years of 
railroad service. He moved to Jewell Co., Kan., in the Spring of 
1879, where he had a farm on which he fed cattle and hogs. He 
served two years as deputy county collector and treasurer and 
four years as collector and treasurer of the county. His death 
was caused by the bursting of a blood-vessel. 

* His uncle says he speculated in a stone quarry at a loss of $20,000. He was a citizen of 
Quincy in July i860. 

Clan Ephraim'': William A." 945 

Emma M. 8 (Noble', Noble", Ephraim', Ephraim 4 ) b. 5 Oct. 1844 ; 
m. 17 April 1865 H. Clayton Barnes of Bristol. Res. Swan- 
ton, Vt. 

Children : 
i. Clayton N. 9 b. 19 March 1870 in Bristol ; d. 21 May 1S72. 
ii. Edwin N. 9 b. 29 April 1871 in B. ; </. 6 Feb. 1874. 
iii. Fred M. 9 b. 27 Nov. 1873 in B. 
iv. Grace L. 9 b. 24 Oct. 1880 in Swanton. 
v. Arthur Fiske 9 b. 27 June 1890 in S. 


William A. 8 (Augustine E. 7 , Ephraim", Ephraim 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 
14 Nov. 1838 ; m. 1 Jan. 1868 Hannah dau. of William Cunning- 
ham, b. 10 April 1840 in Middletown, Ct. Preacher; Rep.; Meth.; 
res. Mound City, Kan. 

Children : 
i. William Augustine" b. 10 Jan. 1869 in Wilton, Ct; res. Clay Center, 

ii. Franklin Myron 9 b. 20 Dec. 1876 in Islip, N. Y. 

William A. 8 grad. Wesleyan Univ. 1867, Yale Theo. Dept. 1882. 


Cornelia A. 6 (Augustine E. 7 , Ephraim", Ephraim 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 
14 Aug. 1840 ; m. in Norfolk, N. Y., Thurs. 28 Jan. 1864 Corydon 
G. Taft of Stockholm, N. Y. Res. Potsdam, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Norfolk : 
i. George Augustin 9 b. Thurs. 16 March 1865; unm.; principal of 

public-school, Katonah, Westchester Co., N. Y. 
ii. Mary Irena 9 b. Wed. n Nov. 1868 ; student in Potsdam Normal 

School, Class '94. 
iii. William Ashley 9 b. Fri. 3 Feb. 1871 ; student Phila. Coll. of Dental 

Surgery, class '94. 
iv. Edith Elizabeth 9 b. Mon. 6 Oct. 1879 ; student at Potsdam Normal 


Sarah J. 8 (Oscar D. 7 , Anson', Thaddeus 6 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 28 Nov. 
1834 ; m. 2 June 1853 Lovewell Hurd Baldwin of Auburn ; he d. 
1 Nov. 1864. Res. Auburn, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Helena Munson 9 b. 9 Aug. 1854 in A.; res. with her mother. 

946 The Munson Record. 

ii. William Delavan* b. 5 Sept. 1856 ; m. 19 Oct. 1881 Helen R. Sulli- 
van ; res. Montclair, N. J.; 6 ch. — (1) Martin Sullivan 10 b. 18 July 
1883, (2) Delavan 10 b. 9 Aug. 'S6, (3) Helen 10 b. 25 Dec. '87, (4) 
Louise 10 b. 8 July '89, (5) Elsie 10 b. 24 March '91, d. 17 Jan. '92, 
(6) Runyon 10 ^. 28 Aug. '92. W. D. in 1S82 was general European 
agent of an agr'l implement company in Auburn, with head- 
quarters in Paris ; salary $6,000. 

iii. Elizabeth Jewett 9 b. 13 April 1S61 ; d. 13 Oct. 1862. 

iv. Frances Eugenia 9 b. 24 March 1863 ; d. 26 March 1864. 


Caroline 8 (Oscar D. 7 , Anson", Thaddeus 5 , Ephraim') b. 7 Dec. 
1843 ; m. 17 Aug. 1870 Richard Steele Marshall of Auburn, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Munson Champlin 9 b. 7 May 1S71 in A. 
ii. Delavan Baldwin 9 b. 20 Nov. 1877 in Somerville, Ms. 
iii. Richard Archibald 9 b. S March 1879 in Cambridge, Ms. 

This family has resided in Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston and St. 


Martha H. 8 (Major T. 7 , Anson", Thaddeus 5 , Ephraim*) b. 30 May 
1846 ; m. 23 Nov. 1876 James S. Fitch, lawyer and real-estate 
broker. Res. Yonkers, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Edith Munson 9 b. 10 Nov. 1878 ; d. a. 1 y. 
ii. Edward Arthur 9 b. 20 Aug. 1880. 
iii. Florence Mary 9 b. 22 June 1885. 


Nellie C." (Norman C. T , Anson", Thaddeus 5 , Ephraim') b. 14 
May 1856 ; m. 13 June 1877 Austin C. Holden of Shirley; he d. 8 
March 1880 ; 2 ch.; m. (2nd) 24 Nov. 1886 Frank Edward Holman 
of Clinton. Res. Shirley, Clinton, Ms. 

Children : 
i. Blanche Munson 9 b. 27 March 1S79. 
ii. Maude Munson 9 b. 19 April 18S0. 

Nellie C.'s mother resides with her. 

Frank DeM. 5 (Charles S. 7 , Anson", Thaddeus 5 , Ephraim 4 ) b. 12 
Nov. 1856 ; m. 2 Nov. 1876 Gertrude dau. of Ludwell H. Estes, b. 


Cla?i Ephraim': C. La Rue*. 947 

22 Oct. 1856 in Columbia, Tenn. Train-master ; Dem.; Univ.; 
res. Tuscumbia, Ala. 

Children : 
i. Frank DeMerritt 9 b. 28 Aug. 1877 in Huntsville, Ala. 
ii. Clara Neal 9 b. 30 May 1880 in Jackson, Tenn. 
iii. Bertrand Alfonso 9 b. 10 Aug. 1882 in Tuscumbia. 

In Sept. 1884 F. De M. was master of trains on the Memphis 
and Charleston R. R. 


Ida C. s (Silas H. 7 , Anson 6 , Thaddeus", Ephraim') b. 29 Sept. 

1851 ; m. 20 Oct. 1875 George Alverse son of Alverse L. White 
of Boston, a leather-dealer and Rep. Cong.; res. Roxbury, Ms. 

Children : 
i. Grace Wilcox 9 b. 14 Nov. 1882. 
ii. Doris Munson 9 b. 14 Aug. 1884 ; d. 2 Oct. 1885. 
iii. Alverse Lysander 9 (twin) b. 14 Aug. 1884. 


Myron F. 8 (Cyrus D.', Anson", Thaddeus", Ephraim') b. 23 July 

1852 ; m. 10 Sept. 1879 Mary Jane Montgomery of Pownal, Vt. 
Res. Hudson, Ms. 

Children, b. in H.: 
i. Willard Anson 9 b. 6 Jan. 1881. 
ii. Lyman Montgomery 9 b. 31 Aug. 1882. 


Ella F. e (Cyrus D.', Anson", Thaddeus", Ephraim') b. 6 April 
1854; m. 7 Dec. 1876 John Herbert Barrett of Hudson, Ms., b. 6 
Sept. 185 1 in Bolton, Ms., a carpenter and builder. Res. Hud- 
son, Ms. 

Children : 
i. Bertha M. 9 b. 2 July 1881 in Hudson, 
ii. Frank Herbert 9 *. 5 April 1884 in H. 


Cyrus L. R.' (Edgar 8 , Jesse', Rufus", Jared", Ephraim 4 ) b. 2 July 
1854 ; m. 8 Nov. 1877 Josephine Anthony dau. of Hon. Henry and 
Catharine (Anthony) White, b. 19 June 1856 in Williamsport, Pa.; 
2 ch.; she d. 26 July 1889 ; m. (2nd) 20 Oct. 1891 Minnie Wright 
dau. of Ackley Post and Jennie (Bailey) Tuller of Rome, N. Y. 
Lawyer; Dem.; Episc; res. Williamsport, Pa. 

948 The Munson Record. 

Children, b. in W.: 
i. Edgar 10 i. 24 June 1881. 
ii. George Sharp 10 b. 2 Oct. 1883. 

La Rue 9 graduated at the Episcopal Academy of Conn., Cheshire, 
in June 187 1. He engaged in business with his father, but 
took a course in law to improve his ^^-^ 

qualification for business, graduat- /^^*^s4? ^ 

ing at the Yale Law School in 1875 <£z=^&7&& <&<2***<~ 

with the degree of LL. B. He was *■ ? 

admitted to the bar at Williamsport in August 1875. His enjoy- 
ment of the legal profession occasioned a modification of his 
business intentions, and he continues in active practice at 
Williamsport. He was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court 
of the United States in December 1883, and has been employed in 
the argument of cases before that Court. He is president of and 
director in a number of leading and important corporations, and 
is counsel for many other well-known corporations. 

In October 1890 he was appointed a lecturer in the Law Depart- 
ment of Yale University, and in June 1891 received from his Alma 
Mater the honorary degree of M. A. The Palladium of June 3, 
1892 said : " C. La Rue Munson . . has finished his interest- 
ing lectures before the Law School on ' The Beginnings of 
Practice.' Mr. Munson is one of the most successful and 
prominent young lawyers in Pennsylvania, and his yearly lec- 
tures in his Alma Mater are hailed with delight by the students." 
Later in 1892, La Rue read a paper before the Social Science 
Association on "The Reading Leases," arguing that railroad 
combinations are beneficial ; the paper ' merited the thoughtful 
attention which it received,' said The Congregationalist. 

La Rue's geniality is worthy of note. He is pleased to do 
kindly and pleasant deeds, and has uncommon ability to do them. 
He has an elegant home. His talent for public speech will be 
remembered by those who heard his Response to the Address 
of Welcome at our Reunion in 1887. He is a director of the 
Munson Association. He is withal president of the Alumni of 
Cheshire Academy. 


Robert H. 9 (Edgar 8 , Jesse', Rufus", Jared 5 , Ephraim') b. 27 Jan. 
1857 ; m. 18 June 1884 Olivia B. dau. of Andrew McKee of Pitts- 
burg, Pa. Mfr. of and wholesale dealer in lumber ; Dem.; Episc; 
res. Williamsport, Pa., Bay-Mills, Chippewa Co., Mich. 


Clan Ephraim': Robert H.' 949 

Children : 
i. Helen McKee 10 b. 25 Sept. 1887 in Detroit, Mich, 
ii. Curtis Burton 10 *. 9 Feb. 1892 in Washington, D. C. 
iii. Alexander McKee 10 *. 9 Jan. 1894 in Williamsport, Pa. 

Robert H." graduated at the Episcopal Academy of Conn. 1874, 
and at Yale College 1879. It was intended that he should be a 
professional man, but as his brother had become attached to the 
practice of law, Robert became manager of his father's lumber 
business. He is now extensively engaged (Hall & Munson Co.) 
in manufacturing and selling lumber on Lake Superior, in the 
Upper Peninsula of Mich.; the firm owns the Bay-Mills property. 
In his home, whatever the refinement or the rudeness of its sur- 
roundings, presides one who is fair-featured, sweet and cordial. 


Sarah G." (William G. h , Luman', Noble 6 , Ephraim 5 , Ephraim') 
b. 25 Dec. 1849 ; m. June 1871 I. H. Arthur of Quincy, 111., whole- 
sale dealer in notions ; she d. 22 June 1890. Res. St. Paul, Minn. 

Children : 
James William 10 b. 15 May 1872 in Quincy ; res. St. Paul. 
Leland Prince 10 *. 14 Jan. 1874 in Q.; res. St. Paul. 
Mary Grace 10 *. 22 May 1883 in St. Paul. 

950 The Miinson Record. 

Clan Jabez*. 

Stephen*, Samuel 1 , Thomas 1 . 

Jabez 4 b. 17 Dec. 1728 in New Haven ; bp. 22 Dec. 1728 at First 
Ch.; m. Eunice dau. of Joshua* Atwater, b. 7 Aug. 1730 ; he d. 
between Dec. 22, 1777 and 6 Sept. 1778. Sea-captain, \ farmer ; res. 
New Haven (now Hamden), Ct. 

Children : 

1032. i. Amos 5 b. 18 Feb. 1753. 

1033. ii. Jabez 6 b. 20 Jan. 1755. 

iii. Eunice 6 b. 10 April 1757; unm.; said to have been very singular; 
she lived in the old home of her father and died there ; in the 
division of her father's estate April 1780, she received .£93 .11.7. 
She sold 23 May 1794 Fortescue Cummings 3% acres "lying in 
the Neck near the Neck Bridge, so Called," bounded S. on high- 
way, E. on Capt. M. Todd, N. on Steph. Dickerman, W. "partly 
on the Ferry Path," partly on P. Woodward ; price, £9. In Feb. 
1808 "Eunice Munson Jun?" united with relatives in the sale of 
a half acre in Broadway which had belonged to her brother Amos. 
In her 68th year, 15 Jan. 1825, she conveyed to Joshua 6 14 acres 
in the southerly part of Hamden, with }4 of a dwelling-house, 
inherited from her mother, "the same now occupied by me the 
s d Eunice Munson;" she made "her mark." The same day 
Joshua 6 leased to Eunice 5 for her natural life the same property ; 
rent, " one peppercorn on the first Monday of May in each and 
every year." According to a great-grandniece of Eunice 5 , her 
lover perished at sea. 

1034. iv. Stephen 5 b. 1759. 

1035. v. Isaac 5 b. 24 Nov. 1761. 

1036. vi. Levi 5 b. 1 May 1764. 

1037. vii. Joshua 6 b. 17 Aug. 1765. 

1038. viii. Jared 5 b. 13 March 1769. 

ix. Anna 5 b. 14 March 1772 ; disappears. 

Eunice Atwater is said to have been a New Haven girl ; " her 
wedding-shoes and her gold beads are still to be seen among her 


descendants," writes Mrs. Manley. Mrs. 

Dickerman, a grandniece of the wife of ^ferfUty. smsitrtJiy^ 

Levi 6 , informed the author that Jabez 4 was ' 

a sea-captain, according to her mother ; he was known as Old 

* Joshua b. 29 Jan. 1687, m. 22 Nov. 1721 Anna Bradley— son of David b. 13 July 1650, res. 
w Haven, d. 1736 — son of David the pioneer who d. 1692. 
t Some doubt concerning this persists in the author's mind. 


Conspectus of Male Heads of Families 

Jabez 5 



Stephen 5 


No. Haven, Ct. 

Isaac 5 
1761- i 


Jabez 4 

1728-c. 177S 
Hamden, Ct. 



Joshua 5 

Canaan, Ct. 

Jared 5 

i Hamden. 


Ammi L. 1 

1 Jabez 6 


1 c. 1780-1854 
1 Hamden. 

New Haven. 
John W.' 


New Haven. 

j Lyman 8 



1 No. Guilford, Ct. 

1 1781-/840 

I Canaan, Ct. 

I Amos 6 

John 1 

) 1787-1827 -j 1813- 

< No. Haven. 

Walling ford, Ct. 

f Dearing 6 

1 c. 1708-1800 


Harvey 6 

Augustus 1 

1 Frank W. 8 

c. 1700-1870 


Canaan, Ct. 

Huntiville, Ct. 

Alva K.' 


Bethany, Ct. 



tiarlem, N. Y. 

Bcthel, Ct. 

Alva 6 


1 Clifford H. 8 







William I. 1 



Leonard W. 1 



New Haven. 


Charles R.' 

Charles C. 

Russet 6 




New Haven* Ct. 

New Haven. 

John H.' 

Davenport, la. 

Denver^ Cot. 

John E." 



Wyllys E.' 

Xe:v Haven. 

Levi B." 

/ 79/ -1826 



c 1843- 

Homer S. 8 


Levinus 6 


Hoiart, N. Y. 

Chester 6 1 

William Bv 


1703-1809 4 


Canaan. 1 

Ellettsville, Ind. 

Wichita, Kan. 

Luther 6 | 

Forbes 7 


1798-1877 4 
Canaan. 1 



Niagara F..N.Y. 

Fkiladelphia, Pa 

Kneeland J. 6 

Myron E. 1 

tSOQ- J 


I Millerton, N. Y. 

Spokane Falls, 


.W rfimH 

Cla?i Jabez K : Himself. 951 

Captain Munson. Returning from a voyage, Capt. Jabez brought 
with him a set of china ; it passed into the possession of his 
daughter Eunice, and later became the property of her nieces, the 
daughters of Levi 6 . His home was in the present town of Hamden, 
just one mile west of the Canal R. R., and not quite a mile and a 
half northwest of the East-Plains M. E. Church ; his house was on 
the east side of the road, north of Chester Dorman's, " on the 
highest land over which that road passes" northward of Dorman's, 
says Dr. Swift, and his old place is now owned by Dorman. Over 
the long hill on which he and his descendants lived, ran a north- 
and-south road which is even yet known as Munson Street. In 1884 
Lewis Warner, aged 81, told me that his mother when a little girl 
attended the funeral of Jabez' ; he had a very long nose, and she 
queried whether the lid of the coffin could be closed, in conse- 
quence of it. 

When Jabez was twenty-one years of age, his father conveyed to 
him 5 Feb. 1749/50 seventeen pieces of land aggregating 184/6 
acres : one piece " I bought of Ezekiel Sanford, Containing in 
Quantity Sixteen acres & a half . . . With y e house & Barn 
thereon Standing ; " (for this tract of Half Division land, bounded 
south on Joseph Dorman, Stephen 3 had paid E. Sanford ,£102, 
March 18, 1744/5 ;) another of 18 acres was "at a place Called 
Davisses hill;" also 30 acres at "Northfield " ; nine "at Daton 
hill"; 28 at Ridge hill; 12 acres "which I bought of Theop? 
Heaton and Moses Blackslee"; 4 acres of Half Division land 
" laid out in my own name," etc., etc. Within the next twenty- 
seven years, Jabez 4 made six purchases of land, 2>A 3 A acres : one 
of 7 acres "Near said Munsons house," in 1774, bounded E. and 
W. on highways, N. on Joseph Dorman and S. on heirs of Israel 
Dorman ; the last deed, a quitclaim from David Ailing, was dated 
22 Dec. 1777. He made ten conveyances, aggregating 43^ acres, 
between 1771 and 1777 : 2^ acres were "at Dayton hill ;" 3^ acres 
were "on the blue hills," 1772 ; and a Ninth Div. lot of 2 acres, 
" laid out in the name of my father upon the Neck Rock," for ^9 
was conveyed to his brother Samuel' 23 Nov. 1773. 

The day-book of Joseph Peck has this : 

"March 17, 1775 Jabaz Munson Dr. 
To 4 Days giting timber o. 16.0 To 4 Days & a half of fraiming 
0.18.0 To Six days covering your barn 1.4.0 To 2 quarts of 
rum of Dagit o. 1. 10 T04J days giting timber 0.18.0 To 2 ft 
rule 0.1.3 To 4 Days covering & Laying floor 0.16.0 To Six 
Days fraiming your house 1.4.0 To half a Days raising 0.2.0 
[Total] 6.3.1." 

952 The Munson Record. 

Major William 6 Munson's account-book has this : 

" Mr. Jabez Munson — Dr. 
Jan. 29, 1774 To 1 gal. Rum 3/6 To 25 lb Cheas s d \o\ 5* 

Nov. 3 To 26 Gal. Molasses 1/6 To 1 Gal Rum 3/6 

" To 108 lbs Cheas £2. 3? 2? 
Sept. 21, 1775 To Cash carried home 8£ 

To 1 Lb tea 6/ July 13 1776 To 1 Gal Rum 7! 
Feb. 27, 1777 To 1 Peck Salt 3/6 Aug. 4 To Cash paid Eunice 4/ 
Jan. 1778 To y?, Tea 2jQ May 26 To 10 lb Sugar 6/ 3^ 

"Contra Cr. Oct. 27, 1773 By 400 Staves 4/ 16; 

By 2 sheap 9/ 18; By \\ Doz. Fowls 6 9! 

March 28, 1774 By i£ Bu. Buckwheat 3! g d April 17, 1775 By 1000 
& 28 last of Staves 2j£ 2! g d March 2 1776 By 7 Bbls Sydar 4/ 
i£ 8' o* 

Oct. 8 1777 By 1 Bbl Cyder 1^4? Nov 3 By 15^ bbl rye flower 2/ 
Feb 8 1777 By 6 Doz Eggs 1/6 9? May 26 By \ bbl Cydar i£ 
By 2 Bu rye i£ 4'." Many more items. 
"Estate of Jabez Munson Dr. Sept. 6, 1778 To Cash — 
Sept. 10 2 qts. Rum ij£ tof To Cash paid Doct' Munson o : 10 : 1 
To David Munson 2jQ 8' " 

Jabez was elected highway surveyor in Dec. 1752, 1764, 1770 and 
1777 ; he was chosen lister in 1756. He was admitted freeman 
April 13, 1761. Either he or less probably his son Jabez 6 was a 
member of the East-Plains train-band, (the 17th Co. of the 2nd 
Regt.,) organized before the Revolution. 

Administration on his estate was granted to his widow Eunice 
and his son Amos, Sept. 1778; value, £1272 . 12 . 10 ; deducting 
debts, charges, etc., ,£1218.7. This was divided among eight 
children. The inventory included twenty-two pieces of land, 
aggregating 189^ acres : his homelot, i6£ acres with buildings (the 
first gift of his father) £285 ; 18 acres on Davises Hill £54 ; 26 
acres at "Northfield" £60; 11 acres of woodland at Northfield 
£60. 10 ; 4 acres "in the half Division Laid out to Stephen Mun- 
son " £18 ; " 5 acres of Meadow Joining on the College Meadow" 
£20 ; " The house barn and homelot where Amos Munson lives 
about two acres and a quarter " £205 ; etc., etc. 

Jabez 4 was of the 178 members of the First Society in New 
Haven who were set off by Assembly to constitute the White- 
Haven Society in 1769. 


Amos' (Jabez 4 ) b. 18 Feb. 1753 ; m, Hannah dau. of John Hall ; 
he d. abt. 1785. Goldsmith ; res. Broadway, New Haven, Ct. 

Clan Jabez': Jabez". 953 

Children : 
i. Betsey 6 , 
ii. Sally 6 , posthumous, d. a. 7 y. 

Amos', entitled in the records Captain, as the eldest son had a 
double portion of his father's estate. His home-lot of two acres 
or more was bounded southwesterly on 

Broadway ; it contained his house and barn, -^fricrd ftu^n/fri, 
and upon the east side of it was his gold- 
smith's shop. The shop with y^ acre became the widow's dower. 
The whole property passed into the hands of Capt. Peter Johnson. 
In a record Mrs. Hannah Munson is credited with — "Expenses 
arising on account of her Daughter Sally who was born after the 
death of her husband and lived Seven years," and " Other Expen- 
ses arising from Sickness of her Daughter Betsey." The estate 
of Amos owed Dr. Eneas 6 Munson ,£0.17.9. Hannah Hall was 
a sister of Major William Munson's first wife ; as a widow she 
married Stephen Trowbridge. 


Jabez' (Jabez') b. 20 Jan. 1755 ; m. before 30 Dec. 1777 Desire 
dau. of Benj. Wooding of New Haven ; he d. 14 July 1805 ; she d. 
14 March 1828, a. 74. Cooper una; res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Anna 6 , m. Hezekiah J. Warner, a farmer, justice of the peace ; no 
ch. ; res. Hamden. 

ii. Joseph 6 , d. 22 Dec. 1817, a. 40 (consumption) ; unm.; res. Hamden. 
He was made freeman 9 April 1S00, and was chosen "surveyor" 
in Dec. 1801. At the age of sixteen Joseph purchased of his 
father 3 acres, paying ,£10.10. Seven years later he paid his 
father £140 for 9 acres. In the division of his father's estate, 
Nov. 1805, he received % of the dwelling-house and % of the 
loom-house. In June 1S15 he sold his cousin Russell 6 7 acres of 
woodland on West Rock, bounded "Westerly upon the Ridge of 
the Rock ;" price, $100. Three days before he died, he conveyed 
to Elam Warner 165 rods of salt meadow "at the oysterpoint ;" it 
was from his father's estate, and was bounded W. by 150 rods 
belonging to his mother ; price, $60. The residuary devisee and 
legatee of his estate was Mrs. Deborah Thompson of Woodbridge. 
His inventory ($2046.70) included military coat, gun, bayonet, 
cartouch and knapsack. He was fond of colors : had blue, and 
striped pantaloons, black, brown. Nankeen, and corduroy 
trousers, and white, red, blue, silk, and striped vests. 

1039. iii. Jabez 6 *. abt. 1781 in. H. 

1040. iv. Lyman 6 *. 20 Aug. 1781 in H. 

954 The Munson Record, 

In the division of his father's estate Jabez 6 received about 12 
acres "Lying northward of said Jabez dwellinghouse adjoining 
land of Thomas Warner." Between 
1780 and 1796 he bought twenty-one 
pieces, nineteen of which aggregated 
178J acres: 16^ acres bought in 1788 were "on the broad Rock 
in Hamden," 13 acres bought in 1789 were "on Broad Rock," 
bounded E. and \V. on highways ; and 8 acres, for which he paid 
^26, were "at Ox hill." His estate at death included 127^ acres 
in eighteen pieces, besides a few other tracts : the " College Lot " 
had 7 acres, and there were 40 acres at Broad Rock. The estate 
was valued at $5,425.90. Among the unfamiliar articles were — 
" 1 Sann tub," " 1 Salt mortar," "4 Nebs," " 1 Span shankle," and 
" 1 Loom House." 

The inventory includes the following items, hinting that the 
owner was a cooper : 1 bung borer, 1 shaving knife, 1 tap borer, 3 
"four barrels," 2 tubs, 1 hogshead tub, 1 pickle tub, 1 cider tub, 1 
turnip tub, 1 wash tub, 1 sann tub, 1 keg, 1 turnip cask, 1 tunnel, 
1 bottle, 1 half barrel, 1 tierce for cider, 6 barrels, 1 cider pipe, 1 
cider hogshead, &c, &c. 

We have to add concerning Jabez 6 that he was admitted freeman 
Sept. 1800, and that he was chosen surveyor in Dec. 1789 and 
1807, and grand-juror in 1794 and 1795. 

The Will of Desire's father was proved 3 Nov. 1783 ; among the 
articles which fell to her were — " 1 Pare Silver Buckels 0-7-0," 
and "152 Dollars Continental money 0-12-8" ! 


Stephen (Jabez 1 ) b. 1759 ; m. Mary* dau. of Dea. Asa Good- 
year ; he d. 11 Aug. 1830; she d. 18 Aug. 1837, a. 77. Farmer; 
res. North Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Mchetabel 6 b. abt. 1782 ; m. 24 Dec. 1801 Stephen Ford of Hamden ; 
he d. soon, when she returned to her father's ; she d. 19 July i860, 
a-. 78; res. North Haven, Ct. ; 1 ch.— Mary 1 , m. Orrin Squires, 
res. on old place, which is now occupied by her son George 8 . 
Mehetabel received from her father's estate, about 1S30, $980.22, 
including £th of a dwelling-house and new barn, and " One 
Right in Pew No. 2 North in the Meeting House." From her 
mother's estate in 1837 she received $422, including X tn P art °f 
the dwelling-house, and i| acres of the homelot, bounded W. on 
turnpike, N. on highway, E. on J. Giles, and S. on herself. 

c A descendant of Hannah 2 , dau. of Capt. Thomas 1 Munson. 

Clan Jades': Stephen*. 955 

1041. ii. Mar}- 8 b. abt. 1785. 

1042. iii. Amos' b. 20 June 1787. 

iv. Miles' bp. 8 July 1798 at Cong. Ch., No. H.; m* 31 Dec. 1820 Lois 
Roberson of New Haven; no ch.; he d. 25 June 1841, ee. 43; 
farmer; res. North Haven. 

v. Maria 6 , bp. 5 Oct. 1799, ii.J m. Lewis son of Cornelius Dayton ; 1 
son ; she d. 17 Feb. 1842 ; res. No. Haven. From her father's 
estate she received one-fourth of the dwelling-house and five 
pieces of land, three of which were in Hamden. Being still 
" Maria Munson " 14 Dec. 1S36 she obtained §108 for woodland. 
Her reason is said to have been hurt by a kick from a horse. 

Stephen' was "a tall, farmer-looking man," according to Mrs. 
Polly Pierpont Munson. Soon after 3 Nov. 1790 he removed 
from " West Woods, Hamden " /> 

to North Haven, where in 1792 ^ A^jy^-Z^e^i 
he was captain of the militia 
company which had been organized in 17 18. His house-lot was 
bounded E., S. and W. on highways ; it was perhaps a mile west- 
southwest of the village, and a little less than half way from the 
Quinnipiac to Mill River. He was an extensive farmer. In 1804 
he was one of twelve North-Haven farmers who united with 35 
others of seven neighboring towns in a joint-stock concern de- 
signed to facilitate the sale of farm-products. He was chosen a 
surveyor of highways in Hamden 1788, and grand-juror 1789. 
The records of No. Haven have been burned ; but he was first- 
selectman in 1802, and signed as selectman 28 April 1S03. 

From his father's estate, April 1780, he received 34^ acres in 
four pieces. In Dec. 1788 he and Joshua 6 purchased 35 acres "at 
the Streights " in Woodbridge. Among his sales of real-estate 
was one in 181 1 of 22^ acres which his wife Mary received from 
the estate of her father. The value of his estate at death, clear of 
claims, was $7351.60. The inventory included sixteen pieces of 
land, aggregating i6o|^ acres. 

We quote from Captain Stephen's monument : 

" Friends nor physicians cannot save 
Our mortal bodies from the grave ; 
Nor can the grave confine us there 
When Christ doth call us to appear." 

Mrs. Mary Munson was a member of the Congregational Church, 
North Haven. 

By William Thatcher ; they had been " published " in the Methodist Ch., New Haven. 

956 The Munson Record. 


Isaac (Jabez 1 ) b. 24 Nov. 1761 ; m. Elizabeth dau. of Roger 
Dealing Phipps, b. Feb. 1763, and known as Elizabeth Todd.* 
Farmer ; res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Lucy J. 6 b. in Hamden ; d. of paralysis in H. 19 Feb. 1855, a. 74 ; 
res. Hamden ; 1 ch. — 
1066. Henry 7 b. 29 June 1807 in H. She received from her father's estate, 

about 1816, ]/ 2 of Yi of the N. half of the dwelling-house, 4^ 
acres in the homestead, etc. She paid Dearing 6 , 19 Nov. 1819, 
$20 for his right in a dwelling-house, and 70 acres divided by a 
highway, which were set off to their grandmother Eunice in the 
distribution of the estate of their grandfather Jabez. She con- 
veyed four pieces of land to Henry 1 I June 1833; price, $300. 

ii. Susannah 6 , received Yi °f 'A °f ,ne N. half of the dwelling-house 
and 4j acres 2 rods in the homestead ; she also participated in 
the distribution of her mother's estate 15 March 1830. 

iii. Dearing 6 b. in Hamden ; was made freeman April 1817 ; was bap- 
tized (adult) 1840 at M. E. Ch. Hamden Plains ; wandered off 
into the woods, and was found dead 13 April i860, <z. 72 ; farmer; 
res. Hamden ; from his father's estate he received abt. 1816 the 
" Noyce lot," 5 acres, and the " Rock lot," 4 acres ; had Willis 1 , 
who is said to have lived in New Haven. 

iv. Elizabeth 6 , m. Keep — was already married at the distribution of her 
father's estate (about i8i6),by which she received S%" acres in the 
Dickerman lot ; she had part in the distribution of her mother's 
estate 1830; 3 ch. — (1) Jane 1 , went to Ohio, (2) Elizabeth 1 , m. 
Horace Warner, (3) John 1 , (has son Charles 8 , unm., and dau. 
Adella 8 , ;«. Frank A. Cargill, recently principal of Cargill's Busi- 
ness College in New Haven, grad. 1892 N. Y. Coll. of Phys. and 
Surgeons, and now has an office at 326 Howard Ave., New 

v. Isaac 6 , m. 1 Jan. 1823 Esther Maria Barnes at Hamden ; admitted 
freeman 5 April 1819. He sold J. Gorham 6 March 1822 land 
which fell to him from his father's estate, — 6 acres bounded S. on 
widow Betsey Munson's dower, W. and E. on highway, and N. 
on Harvey 6 , with one-fourth of a barn, and one-fourth of "the 
Dwelling house on Land set to my mother Elizabeth Munson, 
where my mother and myself now live;" Isaac made "his 

1043. vi. Harvey 6 b. abt. 1799. 

vii. Lewis 6 , received from the estate of his father lands appraised at 
$223.36 ; he deeded E. Keep, Sept. 1827, 12 acres bounded E. 
and W. on highways, S. on Alva 6 , and N. on Isaac 6 , — made " his 
mark" ; was living in 1830. 

1044. viii. Alva 6 b. 4 May 1803. 

* Phebe Brown m. 12 Oct. 1758 Roger Dearing Phipps b. 1735. grandnephew of Sir William 
Phipps, Gov. of Mass. ; he d. Sept. 1770; m. (and) Asa Todd ; Mrs. Phipps had Miriam b. 8 Nov. 
1759, and Elizabeth and Phebe b. Feb. 1763.— See Tuttle, 190. 

Clan Jabez*: Isaac*. 957 

Isaac 6 brought up his family on the Orchard Warner place. He 
had from his father's estate one-fourth of the house, barn and lot 
(of i6 l /2 acres) where the deceased had dwelt, and 12 acres be- 
sides. Between 1784 and 1793 he purchased about 86£ acres in 
ten parcels : in 1791, of Capt. Samuel', 5 acres 23 rods of 8th Div. 
on West Rock, laid out in the name of Stephen 8 ; in 1793 he paid 
^300 and Jared 6 ,£100 for a farm of 40 acres with dwelling-house. 
His estate was appraised at $4006.22 ; there were about 80 acres 
of land. 

He became debtor to Major William Munson — "May 22 1780 
To Silver in 22 Buttons 7/6 To making 8/3 To Silver in 14 Coat 
Buttons 7/4 To making Do. 7/; " his credits were mostly wheat 
flour. The inventory of his estate included 1 pair velvet panta- 
loons, 1 pair striped do., 1 pair black breeches, 1 pair nankeen do.; 
1 silver spoon, 3 wooden bottles; 1 Bible, 1 Psalm-book, Burkett's 

Isaac 6 and Amasa Dorman married sisters — Elizabeth and Phebe 
Todd. They all joined, Sept. 1808, in selling Ezekiel Chidsey 5/6 
of Pew No. 6 on west side of Fair Haven meeting-house, which 
was encumbered with the dower right of Phebe Todd. Eliza- 
beth's Will made Jan. 1816 bequeaths "to my sister Eunice Todd 
my muff & tippet." A record concerning the estate of Dearing 
Phipps of New Haven recognizes that two of his daughters mar- 
ried Isaac Munson and Amasa Dorman. It may be worth noting 
that Elizabeth's share in Isaac 6 's estate was $1095.62, including 
"a privilege in the cellar, oven and well." 

Isaac was made freeman 9 April 1800. He was chosen a key- 
keeper in Dec. 1781 and 1782 ; surveyor of highways 1786, 1794, 
'95. '97> 99) an d 181 1 ; tythingman 1806, 1808. (There is a trace 
of uncertainty in regard to the identity of this office-holder.) 

Isaac*, of New Haven, enlisted 12 April 1777 ; term, for the 
War. He was a member of the Sixth Regt., " Conn. Line," in the 
Co. of Capt. Joseph Mansfield of New Haven. This Regt. served 
Aug.-Oct. '77 on the Hudson, wintered at West Point (assisting 
in the construction of fortifications), encamped summer '78 with 
the main army under Washington at White Plains, wintered *78-'79 
at Redding, Ct., served in '79 east side of the Hudson, wintered 
'79-'8o at Morristown, N. J., served in '80 on the Hudson, and 
wintered '8o-'8i opposite West Point. The Sixth Regt. became the 

* Identity not quite clear. Baszel's Isaac was of the same age. Another (?) Isaac Sept. 17, 
1777 was a minute man or volunteer in Capt. James Peck's Co., Col. Roger Enos' Battalion. 
Another (?) Isaac, a Conn, soldier resident in Ohio, was a pensioner under the Act of 1818, indi- 
cating that he had served for nine months or more in the Continental army or navy. 

958 The Munson Record. 

Fourth, and as such served from Jan. i, 1781 to Jan 1, 1783 ; the 
name of Isaac is still on the roll. On the 19 Aug. 1781 Wash- 
ington led a part of the Conn, troops towards Yorktown, Va., 
while the rest under Gen. Heath were employed to hold the 


Levi 5 (Jabez') b. 1 May 1764; m. Patience Allen; he d. 22 Jan. 
1826 ; she d. 9 July 1850*, <?. 85. Farmer ; res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

1045. i. Russel 6 <5. 2S May 1739. 

1046. ii. Levi 6 *. 22 Dec. 1791. 

iii. Lucinda Caroline 6 b. 6 Feb. 1793 ; m. Samuel Allen; S ch. at least, 
of whom one, perhaps Emily 1 , lives in West Haven. 

iv. Rhoda 6 b. 19 July 1795 ; m. (by Rev. Abraham Ailing) 13 Feb. 1823 
Samuel Jones of Hamden ; has large family. 

v. Huldah 6 b. n Jan. 1798 ; m. Dearing Dorman ; she d. 21 Dec. 1850 ; 
he d. 1 April 1877, re. 83 ; had 3 or more ch. of whom one is 
Levi 7 . 

vi. Harriet 6 b. 22 Nov. 1809 ; m. 2 April 1828 Lyman Hotchkiss of 
Hamden ; 2 ch. — (1) Norman 7 , a soldier in the War, " was taken 
prisoner and starved to death," (2) son, was in the Army, sur- 
vived and returned. 

vii. William 6 , admitted elector at Hamden April 1837 \ l° st at sea > 
according to Mrs. Dickerman ; inventory abt. 1841, $213.27, — due 
Henry Munson for board, nursing, &c. , $114. 

" Levi 5 lived on ground now owned by Elam Warner" — " nearly 
west of the old homestead," and there died. It is remembered as 
"the Aunt Paty place." He received from his father's estate one- 
half of an anvil and three sheep, and about 40 acres of which 
about 17 acres were at " Xorthfield." Five acres on the E. side of 
the highway and directly opposite his house were bought of Jabez 5 
in April 1792. Among his sales were 7 acres to Desire wife of 
Jabez 5 in 1788, and 12 acres to Joshua 5 in 1792. Patience presented 
her daughter Harriet with 2 acres known as the " Jones lot " in 

Levi's ear-mark entered 27 Dec. 1791 was "a swallow tail in the 
end of the Left Ear — a nick the underside the same." He was 
admitted freeman Sept. 1818. He was chosen surveyor in 1793 
but excused, and was again chosen in 1796. His estate inven- 
toried $957.20. The home-lot of 15 acres was appraised at $487.50, 
the dwelling-house at $90, the barn at $50. The property after 
the death of his wife was to be equally divided among his grand- 

* Town Rec; Gravestone, 7 July 185 









105 1. 







Clan Jabez*: Joshua''. 959 

sons Charles', John', Wyllys E. 7 and Levi B. 7 An undivided one- 
fourth of the land remaining in Dec. 1851 was sold to Wyllys E.' 
for $50. 

Joshua 6 (Jabez*) b. 17 Aug. 1765 ; m. 9 June 1790 Sarah dau. of 
Jonathan Booth b. 25 Dec. 1772; 6 ch.; she d. 14 Dec. 1806; m. 
(2nd) 14 Dec. 1807 Eunice dau. of Caleb Ailing, b. 12 Oct. 1779 ; 
6 ch.; she d. 30 April 1866; he d. 19 Aug. 1844. Farmer; res. 
Hamden, Canaan ("Canaan Mountain"), Ct. 

Children : 
Levinus 6 b. 5 May 1791 in Hamden. 
Chester 8 b. 5 June 1793. 
Rebecca 6 b. 25 Sept. 1795. 
Luther 6 b. 11 March 1798. 
Eunice 6 ^. 21 Dec. 1799- 
Fanny 6 b. 5 Aug. 1802. 
Sarah 6 b. 23 Oct. 1808 ; d. 28 Oct. 1808. 
Kneeland Joshua 6 b. 1 Dec. 1809. 
ix. Myron Elias 6 b. 15 Dec. 1811 ; unm.; d. 1 Oct. 1S35 in East Canaan. 

1054. x. Sarah Delia 6 b. 25 May 1815. 

xi. Henry Lucius 6 b. 20 March 1819 ; m. 17 Oct. 1855 Harriet Ann 
Clarke; he d. 25 April 1856 in Muscatine, la.; wid. res. Corn- 
wall Plains, Ct., and d. abt. 1890; I ch. — Henry 7 , doing business 
in N. Y. City. 

1055. xii. Cornelia Elizabeth 6 b. 28 April 1824. 

Joshua 6 told his son Kneeland J." that he was present in New 
Haven when that town was invaded by the British in 1779 ; he 
was at the age of thirteen. He was fourteen years old when his 
father's estate was divided ; there fell to him one-half of 26 acres 
at " Northfield," 5 acres of meadow joining the College meadow, 
etc. At the age of seventeen, March 1783, he paid Hez. Warner 
,£79. 6 sh. for 8^ acres "near where Jabez' Munson dec d Dwelt" — 
bounded E. and W. on highways, S. on said Joshua, and N. on 
heirs of Jabez 4 . Between 1785 and 1793 he bought as many as 
twenty-one pieces of land in Hamden, amounting to 141^ acres. 
Among these were 4^ acres bounded S. and W. on highway, with 
house and barn, in 1789, the year before his marriage; five pur- 
chases of 8th Division land on Broad Rock ; and 20 acres of wood- 
land "at the Plains." Among sales were 5 acres of meadow partly 
in East Haven and partly in North Haven, bounded N. on College 
meadow, W. on the river, and E. "on the great Creek " ; 1^ acres 
salt meadow, bounded S. on West River ; to Jabez 6 7 acres, to 
Isaac 6 21 + 3A acres, to Jared 6 5 acres (£33) and — acres (^120), 

960 The Munson Record. 

to Levi 6 , &c, some 8th Div. (on and near Broad Rock) ; the date 
of this last transaction, 5 March 1795, is the last connecting him 
with Hamden. 

He was Major Munson's creditor Sept. 22, 1784: By 1 Load 
Wood 8 / 6 1 Bu. Apples '/- . He was debtor 26 Nov. 1784 : To 
Rum 2 j To 2 lb 8 d Nails loi 1/8. He was creditor Jan. 1790 : By- 
two loads of wood ; and was debtor 3 Aug. 1792 : To Cash 7*:6. 

He was chosen Dec. 1790 surveyor, and 1793 tythingman. He 
was elected 7 Jan. 1793 member of a committee "for the purpose 
of procuring subscriptions for building a Town House." Dr. E. 
D. Swift is the only descendant of Joshua 5 now living in Hamden. 

Joshua 6 purchased a large tract of land on Canaan Mountain* — 
there is a pond a mile long up there, — built a home for himself, 
and kept a dairy of forty cows: he "was quite a king" among his 
fellow-citizens. He is remembered by Mrs. Orrin Tuttle as being 
of medium height and not fleshy. 

The people of Hamden have occasion to hold this native in 
pleasant remembrance on account of a deed dated 26 Sept. 1793 : 
"Joshua Munson of Hamden for the good Will and regard I have 
and do bear unto the congregational Church & Society in the 
Town ". . . convey " one certain piece of land near the Dwell- 
ing House of Cap' Caleb Mix on which for them to build a meet- 
ting House, containing in quantity one half acre," bounded S. on 
Enos Bradley, W. and N. on my own land, E. on highway 
("Cheshire road, so called"), — to be eight rods wide on the road 
and ten rods long E. & W. 


Jared 6 (Jabez 4 ) b. 13 March 1769; m. Lucy dau. of John Gor- 
ham ; 1 ch.; she dec; m. (2nd) Sarah dau. of John Gorham ; 1 ch.; 
he J. 7 Nov. 1819. Farmer; res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Lucy 6 b. 1801 ; m. between 4 Oct. 1822 and 13 Jan. 1825 Hubbard 
Bradley ; she d. a. 83 y. 22 d.; res. No. Haven ; 1 dau. m. Elihu 
Humiston and had dau. who m. Christopher Turner — mother and 
dau. living in Hamden 1884. When about one year old she 
inherited from her grandfather Gorham's estate, through her 
deceased mother, 6 acres. In 1822 she sold Samuel Warner the 
east half of the dwelling-house which was set to her in the dis- 
tribution of her father's estate, the west half being " the dower of 
the late Eunice Munson dec?"; (Warner quitclaimed his pur- 
chase to Joshua 5 in 1825.) 
1056. ii. Sylvia 6 b. n Jan. 1805. 

* Some four miles from Falls Village. 

Clan Jabez 1 : Jabez". 961 

Different persons describe the location of Jared's home as " near 
the old homestead," and "at the West Woods," and "on The 
Plains," and (definitely) " on the west side of the road 25 rods 
beyond John Keeps." He received from his father's estate one- 
fourth of the house, barn and home-lot, with several other acres. 
He bought of Isaac* Dec. 1788 one-fourth of 16 acres bounded E. 
and W. on highways ; and of Stephen 5 and Joshua 5 in April 1790 
two-fourths of the same app'y. 

He was admitted freeman Sept. 1800 ; was chosen surveyor in 
1795 ; lister in 1796, but excused. His ear-mark was the same as 
Levi's except that it was in the right ear. The value of his estate, 
clear, was $5,091.37. There were 134^ acres in fifteen pieces, 
including a home-lot of 4 acres, an orchard of 6 acres, east of 
the dwelling-house, the Ailing farm of 30 acres, the Thomas land, 
15 acres, and the Gilbert lot, 10 acres. 


Jabez' (Jabez 5 , Jabez*) b. abt. 1781 ; m. Patience ; she living 
May 1821 ; he d 21 July 1854,4s. 73 (a widower). Farmer; res. 
Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

1057. i. Ammi L.~ *. 5 Aug. 1807 in H. 

1058. ii. John Wolcott 1 b. 21 April 1814. 

Jabez' lived where Harley Warner lives. In 1S80 he paid his 
father $80 for 6 acres on the E. side of the road bounded S. " on 
Mrs. Eunice Munsons land." In Oct. 1802, when he was twenty- 
one years of age, his father presented him with 12^ acres "on 
which he [Jabez'] has a new Dwelling House and a Barn," 
bounded E. 41 rods on highway. He was admitted freeman Sept. 
1800, and in Dec. following was chosen surveyor. 

In Jan. 1810 he sold A. Benham 2$ acres of salt meadow "near 
the oyster point," bounded "Westerly on the West River." In 
Jan. 1813 he mortgaged to Widow Desire Munson 35 acres with 
buildings, bounded E. and W. on highways, S. on his wife 
Patience, and N. on heirs of Jabez 5 . In 1816 his brother Joseph 
secured him against " certain Notes & Receipts & obligations," 
amounting in 1819 to $650. In Jan. 1819 there was a lev}' for 
$779 (and costs) on his dwelling-house and barn, with 24 acres 15 
rods of land ; appraisal, $1349, subject to a mortgage of §400. 
To satisfy judgment in favor of S. P. Staples in 1824, land was 
sold, including his two-thirds interest in 1 acre of salt meadow 
bounded N. on James Hillhouse "and South on Mud." 

962 The Munson Record. 


Lyman" (Jabez s , Jabez') b. 20 Aug. 1781 ; m. abt. 1803 Comfort 
dau. of Eliada Hitchcock, b. 24 July 1786 in Hamden ; he d. 20 
Feb. 1849 ; she d. 30 April 1849. Farmer ; res. Hamden, Salis- 
bury, Canaan, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Eliza 1 /'. 24 Feb. 1804 in Hamden ; unm.; d. 8 April 1870; res. 

1059. "• Clarissa 1 b. 26 June 1S06 in H. 

1060. iii. Eneas 1 b. 12 Aug. 1808 in H. 

1061. iv. Almira 1 b. 27 July 1810 in H. 

v. Lyman 1 b. n Dec. 1813 in H.; m. 25 Dec. 1850 Julia dau. of Darius 
Howe, b. 11 Aug. 1828 in Goshen, Ct.; no ch.; farmer, butcher ; 
Pro.; res. Falls Village in Canaan, Ct. His home is nearly oppo- 
site the depot. Has been justice of the peace several years, 
vi. Marvin Eliada 1 b. 7 Nov. 1815 in H.; d. 31 Jan. 1819 in Salisbury, 
vii. Henry 1 b. 18 June 1818 in Salisbury ; d. 30 Jan. 1849. 

1062. viii. Ann Lucretia 1 b. 1 Nov. 1820 in S. 

ix. Marvin Eliada Hitchcock 1 b. 6 Jan. 1825 in S. ; d. 24 Feb. 1849. 
x. Ansel Jabez 1 /'. 8 Jul}' 1829 in Canaan ; d. 6 Feb. 1849. 

Lyman" resided in " Munson Street," Hamden, where six of his 
children were born. He sold Sarah and Lucy, wife and daughter 
of Jared s , 27 March 1816, 14^ acres, bounded E. on highway ; 
price, $580. Two years later he disposed of 10 acres in Hamden 
for $106. Jan. 6, 1820 he obtained $6 for his undivided right in 
9th Div. land on Pine Rock, which he bought with his brothers 
Joseph" and Jabez 6 . 

He removed in 1816 or 1817 to the margin of Twin Lakes (then 
Plumb's Pond), Salisbury, becoming the owner of what is now 
known as the Miles place ; there he lived about fifteen years, 
when he removed to Canaan ; " it was said that Uncle Josh, drew 
him up there." Lyman", his wife, and three sons, all died of fever 
early in 1849. 

Eliada Hitchcock was a pensioner under the Act of 1818 ; he 
either enlisted from Conn, into the service of Mass. or the reverse. 
He is said to have served through the whole War. " I believe he 
acted as tailor a part of the time ; his thimble is still in existence." 
His marriage 11 April 1786 to Esther Warren, is noted in the 
records of the Mt. Carmel church. 

Mary" (Stephen 6 , Jabez') b. abt. 1785 ; m. 6 Feb. 1805 Titus 
Bradley ; she d. 19 Aug. 1861, a. 76. Res. North Haven, Ct. 

Clan Jabes': 

A mos". 


Children : 
Seymour', res. New Haven. 
Barzillai 1 , m.; res. North Haven. 

Henry Munson 1 bp. 24 June 1821, rec. No. Haven Cong. Ch. 
iv. Harriet B. 7 , m. Benjamin H. Jackson ; he dec; res. High St., New 

Haven. Ct. 
v. Mary J.', m. Jesse Andrews ; he dec; res. George St., New Haven. 

• Mary's inheritance included the "North Dwellinghouse," 19^ 
acres adjoining, and " Right in Pew 8." 


Amos" (Stephen", Jabez 1 ) b. 20 June 1787 ; m. Polly Dickerman 
of Hamden ; 1 ch.; she d. 8 May 1811, a. 25 ; m. (2nd) Sophia 
Kimberly of Hamden b. 9 Oct. 1791 ; 4 ch.; she d. 29 April 1873, 
a. 81; he d. 25 June 1827. Res. North Haven, Ct. 

Children : 



Amelia Charlotte 1 b, 23 Sept. 1809 in North Haven. 

John' b. 20 June 1813. 

Friend 1 b. 13 March 1815 ; m. 31 May 1840 Jane E. dau. of Ben- 
jamin Beers ; she d. in Richmond, Va., 6 July 1842, a. 22 ; "he 
followed the sea"; he d. abt. 1867 in Richmond, Va., leaving no 
ch. He was " of Milford" 12 Oct. 1841 when he bought of Ben- 
jamin Beers " Jth of my dwelling house barn &c. at a place 
called the Point;" and he conveyed real-estate at Milford in 
April 1847. When he made sales in 1836 and 1853 he was a citi- 
zen of North Haven. 

Sophia Elizabeth 1 b. 17 Feb. 1818 ; m. George Roberts ; res. 283 
Fourth Ave., N. Y. City, now (1895) Wallingford, Ct. She wrote 
in May 1887 : " The address I have given 

has been my residence for the last four- ^^/r^-^£-<5-«--^''~ 
teen years, and you will see by the litera- 
ture I enclose that I am occupied in aiding in the control of the 
only insurance company in the world organized and conducted 
by women,— myself being the originator of the project. I also 
conduct a family hotel, comprising the block between 21st and 
22nd Sts. My life has been passed in all-absorbing labor, mental 
and physical." 

We learn from Mrs. Harriet (Bradley) Jackson that Sophia 
was formerly an actress — " became quite a performer," and 
"went all round"; she was known in the profession as Miss 
Kimberly, which was her mother's maiden name. Another adds 
that she was a Shakespearean reader. Her husband was an 
actor also. After she left the stage, she practiced medicine. 

Mary Eliza 1 b. 7 Nov. 1820. 

In 1809 Amos" purchased 4^ acres on Blue Hills, bounded E. on 
top of mountain, W. on highway, and N. on Polly his wife. In 

964 The Munson Record. 

the distribution of his father's estate about 1830, his heirs received 
48^ acres in six parcels : the Dickinson lot had 8 acres, Jacobs lot 
19J, Cooper lot 8, Munson lot 6|. The inventory of Amos's estate 
included one-half of 8| acres bounded W. by N. H. and Hartford 
turnpike, and E. and S. by highway ; violin, clarionet, watch, and 


Harvey 6 (Isaac 5 , Jabez') b. abt. 1799; m. Maria Judd ; she d. 2 
April 1831, a. 24 ; he d. 17 April 1879, a. 80. Res. Canaan, Ct. 

Children : 
1067. i. Augustus 1 b. 13 Feb. 1823 in So. Canaan. 

ii. Harlow 1 b. abt. 1825 ; m.; no ch.; he d. 2 Feb. 1847, a. 22. 

Harvey 8 received from his father's estate \ of \ of the dwelling- 
house, £ of the N. E. -£ of the barn, and 3 acres 36 rods in the 
homestead, bounded E. and \V. on highways. After his mother's 
death he received from the estate, March 1830, 1 acre 26^ rods, 
and 2 acres 90 rods. He was in Hamden Aug. 1819 ; but was of 
Canaan, Jan. 1825, when he quitclaimed all interest in the estate 
of Eunice Munson. 


Alva 6 (Isaac 5 , Jabez') b. 4 May 1803 ; m. 4 May 1825 Patty 
Malinda Dorman b. 7 Jan. 1S05 ; he d. 4 April 1882 ; she d. 26 
Nov. 18 — . Farmer; Meth.; res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Albert 1 b. iS Feb. 1S26 in Hamden ; m. 1 June 1851 Sarah Ann 
Camp of Southbury, b. 14 April 1831 ; she d. 7 May 1879 ; farmer ; 
Dem.; Meth.; res. Hamden; 1 ch. — Charles Henry 8 b. 26 Aug. 
1863 in Hamden, res with father. In 1851 Albert 1 was called 
an auger-maker, and in 1S63 a blacksmith. He was received to 
the Hamden Plains Ch. in Dec. 1S61. Sarah A. was a member, 
ii. Alva Keep 1 b. 27 March 1827 in H.; m. 16 Oct. 1853 Betsey Ann 
Hitchcock b. 12 March 1830 in Bethany; carpenter; Dem.; 
Cong.; res. Bethany; 1 ch. — Florence Betsey 8 b. 22 April 
1S69 in B., who joined the Cong. Ch. in Bethany 21 March 
1886, m. abt. 18S9 Elson Beecher, an upholsterer, res. New 
Haven. Alva K. was named for his aunt Elizabeth's husband ; 
was admitted elector at Hamden April 1848 ; his farm came by 
his wife from her father. His residence is near Bethany Centre. 
Betsey A. united with the Cong. Ch. by profession 1865. 
106S. iii. Rosette 1 b. 27 July 1S2S in H. 

1069. iv. Alfred 1 *. 6 Aug. 1830 in H. 

1070. v. Orrin 1 b. 10 July 1832 in H. 

1071. vi. Juliette 1 *. 22 Feb. 1835 in H. 

Clan Jabez K : Russel". 965 

1072. vii. Elizabeth S. 1 b. 7 Oct. 1839 in H. 
viii. Emily 1 b. 22 Sept. 1841 ; d. y. 

1073. ix. William Isaac 1 b. 13 Oct. 1843 in H. 

x. Angeline 1 b. 1 Aug. 1845 in H.; m. 26 Feb. 1865 John W. Talmadge 
b. 28 Jan. 1842 in Prospect ; a butcher and Dem.; no ch.; Meth.; 
res. Hamden (Plains), Ct. J. W. T. was a soldier in the War. 
xi. Leonard Winship 1 b. 25 Sept. 1847 in H.; m. 6 Nov. 1876 Julia A. 
Gibbud b. 1 Aug. 1S51 in H.; farmer, milkman; Dem.; Meth.; 
res. Hamden (Plains, P. O., New Haven), Ct.; 1 ch. — Theodore 8 
b. 15 Jan. 1881 in H. 

Alva" received about 1816 from his father's estate 4^ acres 7 rods 
at the S. end of the homestead, bounded E. and W. on highway, 
N. on mother, S. on Joseph" ; later, from widow's dower 2 acres 
74^ rods. He lived in the southwest part of the town ; " on the 
hill " in that part lived two sons ; another a quarter of a mile 
from Plains Church ; and a daughter near Pine Rock. He was 
admitted freeman April 1825, was chosen hayward Jan. 1832, and 
highway-surveyor Jan. 1847. Malinda was a member of the Plains 
M. E. Church ; Alva 5 was baptized "at home" 2 April 1882. His 
real-estate was appraised at $3,290, and personal $139.25, besides 
$504 in the savings-bank. There were 40 acres with buildings, 
bounded E. and W. on highway, $3,100 ; 10 of rock-land, bounded 
E. on highway, W. on Woodbridge line, $100 ; 3 in East Meadow, 
bounded W. on "the big creek," $90. 


Russel' (Levi 6 , Jabez 1 ) b. 28 May 1789 ; m. Hepzibah dau. of 
John, son of Jeffrey, Foot; he d. 11 Nov. 1823 ; she d. 12 Dec. 
1847, <?. 57. Res. Hamden, New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 

1074. i. Charles Russell 1 b. 8 Jan. 1818. 

1075. "• John Hervey 1 b. 22 Dec. 1819 in New Haven. 

At the age of twenty, Sept. 1809, Russel" joined his brother 
Levi" in buying 2 acres of Jabez" ; price, $95. The next year he 
bought 2 acres of Joseph", paying $63. In 1813 he paid his brother 
Levi $50 for real-estate. Being still of Hamden, 10 June 1815 he 
bought of Joseph" 7 acres of woodland on West Rock, bounded 
" Westerly upon the Ridge of the Rock." When he made a sale 
of 5 acres to Rhoda wife of Austin Munson 10 May 1817, he was a 
resident of New Haven, where he also was 25 Sept. 181 8. He was 
admitted freeman at Hamden 8 April 1816. Hepsibah united with 
the North Ch. in New Haven July 1809. She was chosen guardian 
by her sons in 1835 when Charles was 17 and John 15; "no 
property." Russel was buried at Hamden Plains. 

966 The Munson Record. 


Levi* (Levi 5 , Jabez') b. 22 Dec. 1791 ; m. Huldah dau. of Samuel 
Warner of Hamden ; he d. 5 Feb. 1826 ; she d. 20 Oct. 1835, m. 42. 
Res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

1076. i. Wyllys Elizur'. 

ii. Levi Billson', drowned while bathing 26 Jul} 7 1841, tz. perh. 20 ; 
estate probated 2S Jan. 1S42, — Wyllys E. adm\ 

Levi 8 joined Russel* in buying 2 acres 1809 ; he probably sold 
his share to Russel in 18 13. It is said that the place where he 
lived is now owned by Eneas Gorham. 


Levinus" (Joshua'' Jabez') b. 5 May 1791 ; m. 23 March 1836 
Mary Parish ; he d. 23 Sept. 1859 ; she d. at Tarrytown, May 1883. 
Lawyer ; res. Hobart, Del. Co., N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Mary' b. 6 March 1838 ; m. 9 Feb. 1865 Henry Delafield of New 

York, <?. 74 ; she d. 16 May 1870; had Mary F. H. 8 *. 9 June 

1869, d. 26 Oct. 1886. 
ii. Susan Parish 1 b. n Sept. 1840 ; m. n Oct. 1S66 Jonathan Sturges 

Ely ; no ch.; res. Rochester, N. Y. 

1077. iii. Emily' b. 6 Sept. 1842. 

iv. Anne Frances' b. 18 Oct. 1848; m. Dr. Emmet. 

Levinus" was graduated from Yale 181 1. He studied law with 
Hon. Samuel Sherwood in Delhi, N. Y., where he was in Sept. 
1813 when he quitclaimed to Eli Whitney, and in March 1815 
when he quitclaimed 14^ acres "at West Rock." After his 
admission to the bar he settled in Hobart where he resided till 
death, except during a short period while he was a resident of 
Newburg. "He was for many years," says The Yale Obituary 
Record, "a judge of the court of common pleas in the County of 
Delaware, and on the death of Judge Morehouse, of Cooperstown, 
N. Y., he was in 1850 appointed to fill the vacancy on the bench 
of the Supreme Court of that State." 

Chester" (Joshua 5 , Jabez') b. 5 June 1793 ; m. 20 Aug. 1817 Julia 
Maria Holabird ; 2 ch.; she d. 16 May 1827, a. 30 ; m. (2nd) 7 July 
1840 Mrs. Rebecca Freeland ; 1 ch.; he d. 6 July 1869 in Monroe 
Co., Ind. 

Clan Jabez K : Rebecca'. 967 

Children : 
1078. i. William Booth 1 b. 10 June 1823. 

ii. George Holabird 1 *. 18 April 1825 ; unra.; d. 11 Aug. 1855; lawyer; 
res. Bedford, Ind. He attended Miami University at Oxford 
1832; next year began attending high-school at Salem, Ind.; he 
graduated in law at the State University at Bloomington, Ind. 
Though young he is said to have been " a lawyer of high stand- 
1078^. iii. Julia R.' b. 17 May 1S44. 

Chester 8 was "of Salisbury, Ct." 27 Sept. 1814 when he made a 
sale of real-estate, and he was "of Canaan" 14 April 1821. After 
the death of his first wife, he removed in 1833 to Salem, Ind., leav- 
ing his two boys at Miami University, where they remained a 


Rebecca" (Joshua 6 , Jabez') b. 25 Sept. 1795 ; m. 20 Sept. 1820 
Augustus B. Swift b. 27 Sept. 1793 in Sharon, Ct.; she d. 28 May 
185 1 ; he d. 8 March 1862. Res. Sharon, Cornwall, Ct. 

Children, b. in Sharon, Ct.: 

i. Sereno 1 b. 13 July 1821 ; m. S April 1845 Elizabeth Eunice Punder- 
son ; she d. 1 Feb. 1870 ; he d. 15 Nov. 1891 at Miles City, Mont. ; 
farmer ; res. (his father's old place in) Sharon, Ct., — several last 
years in The West ; g ch. — (1) William Fitch 8 b. 10 July 1846, m. 
Ida E. Bundy, she d. 14 Jan. 1889, m. (2nd) 10 Oct. 1890 Mabel 
Silliman, a lawyer, now in mining business, res. Ishpeming, 
Mich., (2) Rebecca Eunice 8 b. 7 Aug. 1848, (3) Conrad Alonzo 8 *. 
9 May 1852, in The West, (4) Thomas Punderson 8 b. 21 Nov. 1853, 
res. 1S87 Garfield, Colo., (5) Heman Augustus 8 b. 1 March 1856, 
(6) Sereno 8 b. 4 March 1858, m. 17 Sept. 1890 Gertrude Skiff, (7) 
Paul Punderson 8 b. 3 April i860, (8) Elizabeth Punderson 8 b. 21 
Feb. 1862, (9) Emma Ely 8 b. 28 Oct. 1865. 

ii. Philo Munson 7 b. 7 May 1823 ; m. 9 Dec. 1850 Ann Maria dau. of 
Amos Hawley, b. 23 Sept. 1830 in N. Y. C.J he d. 17 July 1889 ; 
farmer, merchant; Rep.; Episc; res. Dayton, O.; was a mem- 
ber of 10th Battery, Ohio Heavy Artillery ; 6 ch. — (1) Mary Mix 8 
b. 12 Sept. 1851 in S., m. 1 Jan. 1868 Swift M C G. Hunter of Terry- 
ville, Ct., she d. Nov. 1871, (2) Louisa Rebecca 8 b. 16 July 1853 
in S., d. 30 Jan. 1854, (3) Rebecca Munson" b. 12 July 1856 in Port 
Jervis, N. Y., d. 17 March 1870, Episc, (4) Hannah Smith 8 *. 13 
Aug. 1858 at Pt. J., m. 5 Sept. 1880 Edwin Garst, Episc, res. 
Dayton, O., (5) John Hawley 8 b. 8 Jan. 1861 at Yellow Springs, 
O., m. 9 Nov. 1884 Addie Hart Wise, merchant, Rep., Episc, 
res. Dayton, O., (6) Frankie Buel 8 b. 19 Dec. 1865 at Y. S., d. 13 
Aug. 1866. 

iii. Edwin Dwight 1 b. 8 May 1825 ; m. 17 July 1850 Sarah Louisa dau. 
of Elisha Punderson, b. 29 July 1826 in New Haven ; 3 ch. ; she 

968 The Munson Record. 

d. 17 Feb. 1865, m. (2nd) 23 June 1868 Julia Maria dau. of Henry 
Swift b. 9 Feb. 1825 in Cornwall; no ch.; physician; Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Hamden, Ct.; was graduate of New York University ; 
B^~ see below ; 3 ch. i. in H. — (1) Elisha Punderson 8 b. 14 Nov. 
1S51, d. 14 Nov. 1851, (2) Edwin Elisha 8 b. 23 March 1855, m. 
Mrs. Virginia M. Bancroft of Torrington, Ct., physician, Rep., 
Cong., res. 125 E. 86th St., N. Y. C, was grad. N. Y. Univ., (3) 
Sarah Louisa 8 b. 1 Dec. 1857, d. n Oct. 1858. 

iv. Augustus Buel 1 b. 15 Feb. 1827; no family; d. 20 June 1864; 
farmer ; res. 111. Was member three years of an 111. regiment 
which was several times decimated, and was once reduced to 
about eighty men, it is believed. He was wounded at Vicksburg, 
came home, was summoned back, and died at Baton Rouge, La. 

v. Frederick Booth 1 b. 31 Aug. 1830 ; m.; no ch.; he d. 18 Sept. 1890 ; 
lawyer ; office 79 Nassau St., N. Y. C. At breaking out of War 
went with 7th N. Y. to guard Washington. 

vi. Levinus Munson 1 b. 25 Sept. 1833 ; m. 21 March 1866 Cornelia Wal- 
bridge Rose b. 28 Oct. 1835 in Geneva, N. Y.; nurseryman and 
orchardist ; res. Colfax, Whitman Co., Wash.; 5 ch. — (1) Alfred 
Levinus 8 b. 19 April 1867 at Cornwall Bridge, Ct., (2) Charles 
Buell 8 b. 25 July 1869 at C. B., (3) Edward Sherman 8 b. 8 Sept. 
1S71 at C. B., (4) Rubert Munson 8 b. 12 Jan. 1873 at Colfax, (5) 
Arthur Rose 8 b. 22 Feb. 1S76 at Colfax. He had his father's old 
place in Cornwall. He went out to Wash. Ter. about 1870 as a 

A. B. S. married (2nd) 20 Sept. 1854 Mary E. Punderson who 
died 21 June 1872. He spent a part of his life in Sharon ; after 
his father died, he took possession of his place in Cornwall. The 
father of A. B. S., Philo, born 1762 in Cornwall, was in the Revo- 
lutionary War ; his grandson Edwin D. 7 has heard him tell of 
doing guard duty at Greenwich. Philo's father, Heman, born 
1733 in Sandwich, Ms., was in service as early as 20 June 1776, 
was colonel as early as July '76, and remained in the Army until 
Dec. 1783 ; he was brevetted Brig.-Gen. 30 Sept. 1783. In Prest. 
Dwight's Travels*, 1822, he publishes eloquent praise of Hon. 
Major-General Heman Swift. 

JgP Dr. E. D. Swift in 1849 began his professional life in Ham- 
den, where he is still in practice (1893). He is tall, dignified, 
benignant, and redundant with medical lore. His son, Dr. Edwin 
E. 8 , took part of an academical course at Yale, when his health 
was inadequate, and he spent a year in Montana. He finished his 
medical course at the University of N. Y., graduating una 1880. 
He was a year and a half with his father, then a year in a hospital, 
and has since practiced in the City of New York. 

* Vol. in. pp. 406, 407. 

Clan Jabez': Luther'. 969 

Luther" (Joshua 6 , Jabez') b. n March 1798; m. 9 Sept. 1824 
Caroline dau. of Samuel Beckley of Canaan ; 1 ch.; she d. 10 Jan. 
1848, a. 45 ; m. (2nd) 2 May 1850 Mrs. Louisa Woodbridge ; she d. 
13 Aug. 1850, a. 38; he d. 1877 in Leavenworth or Topeka, Kan. 
Iron bus., mfr., insurance, speculator ; res. No. Canaan, Ct. 

Child : 
1079. i. Forbes 7 b. 17 Feb. 1S27 in Canaan. 

Luther" and Forbes 7 have travelled "all over." 


Eunice" (Joshua 5 , Jabez') b. 21 Dec. 1799 ; m. 22 April 1824 Seth 
Stevens ; both dec. Res. No. Canaan, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Esther 1 b. 25 March 1827 in Canaan, Ct. ; m. 1 April 1850 Mariner 
Goodrich son of Mariner Rood, a mechanic, b. 4 Feb. 1S28 in 
Canaan ; 1 ch.; he d. 5 Oct. 1854 ; m. (2nd) 9 March 1857 Wilbur 
Curtis son of Mariner Rood, a farmer, b. 16 April 1820 in C; I 
ch ; he d. 6 Feb. i860 ; m. (3d) 23 Dec. 1868 Lyman son of Haw- 
ley Dunning, a merchant, farmer, county commissioner and rail- 
road director, b. 15 Jan. 1S31 in C; no ch. ; Rep.; Cong.; res. 
East Canaan, Ct.; 2 ch. — (1) Fanny Munson 8 b. 23 March 1853 in 
C, res. East Canaan, (2) Mariner 8 b. n July 1859 in C, d. 26 
Jan. i860. 

ii. George' b. 22 Feb. 1830 ; d. 10 Sept. 1849. 

iii. Ellen Irene' b. 25 April 1843 in C.J m. 17 Sept. 1S66 Levi Frederick 
son of Frederick Bronson, b. 7 Feb. 1842 in Winchester, Ct.; 
Dem.; Cong.; res. East Canaan, Ct.; 2 ch. — (1) Ellen Stevens 3 b. 
30 Aug. 1869 in C, res. East Canaan, (2) Augusta Wilson 8 b. 4 
Oct. 1871 in C, res. E. C. 


Fanny' (Joshua 6 , Jabez') b. 5 Aug. 1802 ; m. 25 June 1834 Elisha 
D. Mansfield; she d. 17 Nov. 1849. Res. Canaan, Ct. 

Children : 
i. William H.', unm.; in depot at Great Barrington, Ms. 
ii. Sarah 1 , m. Julius Page ; 3 ch.; res. Huntsville, Ct. 
iii. Peter', m. Page ; on farm, &c. ; 1 dau. 

Kneeland J." (Joshua 1 , Jabez') b. 1 Dec. 1809 ; m. 14 Feb. 1844 
Angeline Armstrong dau. of Elias Compton, b. 10 April 1827 in 
Elizabeth, Ind.; she d. 14 May 1872. Iron mfr.; Rep.; res. Miller- 
ton, N. Y. 

970 The Munson Record. 

Children : 

1080. i. Myron Elias 1 b. 30 May 1846 in Elizabeth. 

1081. ii. Mary Eliza 1 b. 24 Aug. 1847 in Canaan. 

1082. iii. Julia 1 b. 7 June 1849 in C. 

1083. iv. Agnes Angeline 1 b. 9 Oct. 1851 in C. 

v. Sarah Delia 1 b. 4 Oct. 1853 in C; Meth.; res. Millerton. 

vi. Eunice Allen 1 b. 30 Sept. 1854 in C.j m. 14 Nov. 1876 Piatt Nicholas 
son of James R. Paine, b. 25 Dec. 1854 in Millerton, a hardware 
merchant; Meth.; res. Millerton; 1 ch. — Wilfred Russel 8 b. 22 
Nov. 1878 in M. 
vii. Alice 1 b. 14 Tuly 1856 in C; m. 12 July 1879 Christian Wadsworth 
son of Henry Niver, b. 31 May 1843 in Copake, N. Y., a dealer 
in S. I. cotton and gen. merch., Ind. and Meth.; she Rep. and 
Meth.; res. Hilton Head, S. C. (summers, Canaan Mountain, 
Ct.). C. W. N. is graduate of Eastman's Business College. 
While he and Alice are still (1893) partners with W. H. and 
Agnes Niver in the ownership of the real-estate on Jenkins and 
Paris Islands, the former family through the failure of C. W. N.'s 
health has remained in the North the past eight years. JS* See 
viii. Cornelia 1 b. 20 July 1857 in C; m. 15 Nov. 1884 Frank Wallace 8 
Munson, which see. 

ix. K. Elmer Ellsworth 1 b. 10 Sept. 1863 in C; Rep.; Meth.; res. 
Millerton, N. Y. C. 

x. Effie Isabel 1 b. 22 Nov. 1866 in C.J d. 26 Jan. 1869. 

In 1831 Kneeland J. went to Louisville, Ky., where "he engaged 
in the clock trade, and acquired some property." He returned 
East with his wife and one child in the , 
summer of 1846, bought out the heirs to /OwLudMdJ^wuniwli' 
his father's estate, and established himself C/ 

in the old homestead. In 1856 he represented Canaan in the Legis- 
lature. While residing on Canaan Mountain he was made presi- 
dent of Norfolk (Ct.) Bank. He removed to Claverack, N. Y., in 
the Spring of 1S67. There in March 1866 he had purchased 12 
acres bounded north on the Hudson and Boston R. R., paying 
$4,500. In Sept. 1868, he bought Y-z acre for which he paid $3,000. 
In April 1870 he paid $7,000 for 2^ acres. He sold 16 rods in 
April 1868 to Alonzo Flack, and he sold io£ acres in 1869 for 
$5,500, and Yl acre in 1870 for $4,000. In April 1870 he removed 
to Millerton which is his present abode. While dwelling there he 
has been engaged in the manufacture of charcoal-iron, and at the 
date of our latest information, though no longer active in business 
he owned one-half of the furnace at Chatham Village. In 1877 he 
paid $15,256 for the furnace with 2% acres. He was president of 
the Millerton Village Corporation in 1876. 

Clan Jabez' ': Sarah £>." 971 

Later. — In Sept. 1894 Mr. Munson wrote: "I have lost forty 
thousand dollars in recent years." 

J^*" The Millerton Telegram of Aug. 7, 1885 has a communica- 
tion from Alice 7 , entitled " Cured by Faith." Two years she 
suffered from lameness in her knee, sometimes severely ; and 
she began to despair of recovery. April 6, 1885 she cast aside 
every earthlv remedy, and giving herself entirely to Jesus, asked 
him to heal her. The answer came — "If thou canst believe" — 
Then Satan—" These things come not forth but by prayer and 
fasting ; you ought to fast at least one day." I said — "Jesus, heal 
me." He said again — " If thou canst believe " — Satan said — 
"Jacob wrestled all night ; if you are not willing to fast one day, 
you ought at least to pray one night." I said — "Jesus, heal me 
now." He said — " If thou canst believe" — Satan said — " Wait a 
little ; it is about supper-time," etc. I said — " Jesus, heal me now." 
Jesus said — "According to your faith, be it unto you." I said — 
" Lord, I believe." Jesus said — " Arise and walk." I arose with- 
out my crutches and walked across the room, back and forth, the 
pain all gone, and I have been walking ever since. . . . Even 
now if my faith wavers, my knee feels lame. 


Sarah D." (Joshua 5 , Jabez 4 ) b. 25 May 1815 ; m. 5 May 1836 John 
A. Beckley of Canaan (bro. of Luther"'s w.) b. 2 Sept. 1808 in 
Hudson, N. Y., an iron mfr. ; she d. 17 Sept. 1850 ; he d. 14 June 
1874. Res. Canaan, Ct. 

Children, b. in C: 
i. Myron M. 1 A. 29 July 1837 ; unm.; d. 24 Feb. 1859. 
ii. James : b. 14 Oct. 1839 ; 111. Adaline dau. of Samuel D. Groat of 
North Adams, Ms.; he d. 10 March 18SS at Bennington, Vt.; wid. 
res. Brooklyn, N. Y.; 4 ch. — (1) Samuel G. 8 A. abt. unc. 1862, (2) 
Lizzie Munson 8 , m. 29 Aug. 1892 Robert R. Leitch of the U. S. 
Navy, (3) Helen Mabel 8 , d. y., (4) Clara 9 b. abt. unc. 1880. 
iii. Samuel C. 1 b. 30 Sept. 1845 ; m. 29 Dec. 1869 Rhoda Eliza* dau. of 
Charles Gillette, b. 5 Nov. 1846 in Canaan ; editor and prop. Conn. 
Western News (since April 1SS3) ; res. Canaan ; 1 ch. — John 
Gillette 8 b. 4 Oct. 1873 in C. At the age of sixteen J. G. stood six 
feet 2 inches in his stocking-feet, and weighed about 190 pounds ; 
he is now taller and weighs 220 pounds. He is a perfect specimen 
of physical manhood, and for nearly three years has been the 
foreman of the mechanical department of the C. W. News ; he is 
now (1893) assistant editor, 
iv. John 1 A. May or June 1850 ; d. 5 Oct. 1850. 

* Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Almerine Gillette, lived together nearly seventy-one years 
before ever a death occurred in the family ; the seventieth anniversary of their marriage was 
attended by their four children and all their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

972 The Munson Record. 

J. A. B. was the proprietor of furnaces for the manufacture of 
pig-iron for car-wheels, cannon, &c. He made at North Adams, 
Ms., the iron which plated the Monitor ("the Yankee cheese-box") 
which sunk the rebel ram, Merrimac. " In 1866 the American 
Institute at New York awarded him a gold medal for making the 
best iron in this country, and in fact the best iron in the world ;" 
this distinguished metal was produced in Great Barrington, Ms. 


Cornelia E." (Joshua 5 , Jabez 1 ) b. 28 April 1824 ; m. 28 March 
1844 Henry Belden, a farmer, b. 30 Oct. 1819 in Canaan ; she d. 9 
April 1861. Res. Canaan, Unionville, Ct. 

Children, b. in C: 
i. Ellen Love 1 b. 12 Sept. 1845 ; m. 21 Nov. 1866 William S. Hutchin- 
son of Salisbury ; res. Salisbury, Ct. 
ii. Eunice Munson 1 b. 27 Feb. 1S48 ; /«. 29 June 1882 Albert John Hart 

of Burlington, Ct.; no ch.; res. Unionville, Ct. 
iii. Sarah Maria' b. 20 June 1850 ; m. 24 June 1874 Julian M. Palmer of 
Canaan ; she d. 18 Aug. 1890 ; res. Torrington, Ct.; 1 ch. — Maud 
E. 8 b. abt. 1878. 
iv. Mary Augusta 1 b. 13 Sept. 1853 ; m. 4 March 1S74 George F. Lee of 
Amenia, N. Y.; res. Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; 1 ch. — Philo Belden 8 
b. 27 Sept. 18S9. 
v. Jonathan Henry 1 b. 16 Aug. 1855 ; m. 1 Jan. 1891 Fannie M. Clark 
of Niantic ; clothier; res. Salisbury, Falls Village, Ct.; 1 ch. — 
Kathryn Cornelia 8 b. 16 July 1S92. 

Cornelia E. 7 was the first of H. B.'s five wives (1883). 


Sylvia 6 (Jared B , Jabez 4 ) £.11 Jan. 1805 ; m. 17 Nov. 1823 Lewis 
Heaton of Hamden ; 3 ch.; m. (2nd) Orrin Tuttle of Hamden, a 
farmer ; no ch. Res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 

i. Dau., d. ff. 2 wks. 

ii. Jesse Alonzo 1 , d. a. 5 mo., 2 wks. 

iii. Sarah Elizabeth 1 b. 1829; hi. 10 Aug. 1845 Chester Dorman ; she d. 
20 July 1861 ; res. Hamden ; C. D. has the place of Jabez 4 , — came 
by Sarah E. 1 ; 4 ch. — (1) Emma 8 , m. Charles I. Benham, (2) Joel 
Heaton 8 b. 29 Jan. 1851, (3) Antoinette 8 , m. Elam Warner, res. 
" Munson St.", (4) Carrie 8 , m. Wellington Ure, a gardener, res. 
opposite her father. 

In Jan. 1825 Sylvia owned inherited land lying immediately 
north of the 14 acres on which was the home of her grandparents. 

Clan Jabez*: A mini L.~ 973 

Ammi L.' (Jabez", Jabez 5 , Jabez') b. 5 Aug. 1807 ; ;//. (by Dr. L. 
Bacon) 24 Aug. 1828 Abigail dau. of Jesse Warner, b. Sept. 1810 
in Hamden ; he d. 22 June 1862; she d. 11 March 1887, a. 76. 
Well-digger, mover of buildings ; Dem. ; Meth. ; res. New 
Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. George Theodore 8 b. 4 June 1829 in Hamden ; d. y. 

1084. ii. Caroline Eliza 8 b. 16 Aug. 1831 in H. 

iii. George S. 8 b. 27 Oct. 1833 in H.; m. 24 June 1857 Elizabeth Skinner 
of Bolton; no ch. ; he d. 7 Aug. 1887; emp. in Winchester 
Armory, later, carriage-trimmer; Dem.; res. Munson St., New 

1085. iv. Susan Ann 8 b. 6 May 1S36 in New Haven. 

v. Beers Whiting 8 b. 28 April 1838 in N. H.; d. in the War, at New- 
port, R. L, 14 July 1S62, being Sergt. in Co. F, 1st Conn. Heavy 
Artillery. (Enlisted as private 23 May 1S61 ; promoted Corp. 15 
Oct. '61 ; pro. Sergt. 14 April '62.) 
vi. Jane Maria 8 b. 16 Aug. 1841 in N. H.; d. Oct. 1842. 

1086. vii. Louisa Whiting 8 b. n Dec. 1843 in N. H. 
viii. Robert A. 8 b. 18 Aug. 1846 ; d. it. abt. 2 y. 

ix. Dora Augusta 8 b. 10 Jan. 1849 ; m. 15 March 1865 Frederick E. 

Gardner, ct. 29, of Sag Harbor, L. I.; res. New Haven. 
x. Kate Abigail *. 25 Aug. 1851. 

Ammi L. was admitted freeman at Hamden April 1828. The 
New Haven directory of 1841 locates him at 44 Broadway. The 
record of Augusta Medora's birth (1849) calls him a farmer. The 
directory of 1850 designates him as a well-digger, and that of 1854 
as well-digger and house-mover, with residence at 1 Lock St. He 
made an assignment in December 1858. It is said that his habits 
were not temperate. His widow resided on Dixwell Ave. (New- 
hallville) in 1885. She was a member of Trinity M. E. Ch., and 
her life was one of self-sacrificing devotion to the welfare of 
others and to the cause of her Master. 


John W.' (Jabez 6 , Jabez 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 21 April 1814 ; m. 20 Sept. 
1835 Abigail C. Blakeslee b. 27 March 1818 ; 6 ch.; she d. 14 May 
1877; m. (2nd) 31 Dec. 1879 Elizabeth E. Norton of Bridgeport; 
she d. 28 July 1891, ce. 79. Janitor of Dixwell Ave. school ; res. 
100 Webster St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Josephine 8 b. 9 Oct. 1836 ; d. same day. 

ii. Joseph W. 8 b. 30 Sept. 1837 ; m. 20 Dec. i860 Isabella Louise 
Bogart ; travels with threshing-machine; res. Carthage, Mo.; 2 

974 The Munson Record. 

ch.— (i) Frank Whiting 9 b. 25 Sept. 1862 in N. H., d. 4 Feb. 1865, 
(2) son b. 24 Sept. 1865 in N. H., dec. Joseph W. 8 enlisted in 13th 
C. V. Nov. 11 *6i, served as wagoner in Co. H, discharged Jan. 
6, '65 ; was livery-stable keeper Sept. '65 ; res. '62 and '66 
Howe St. 

iii. Louise 8 b. 20 Nov. 1840 ; d. 22 Dec. 1843. 

iv. Jane Louise 6 b. 5 Aug. 1S43 ; m. (by Rev. J. S. C. Abbott) 31 July 
1865 James E. Blair, cr. 28, b. Ogdensburg, N. S., a pattern- 
maker ; res. Dixwell Ave., New Haven ; 2 ch. — (1) Annie May 9 , 
(2) Wilfred Ernest 9 . 

v. Jason W. 8 b. 28 May 1846 ; d. 9 Feb. 1S57. 
1087. vi. Julia Asenath 8 b. 12 Feb. 1854. 

John W. 1 is reported as a respectable, worthy man. He was 
located at 100 Webster St. by the directory of 1867. He is one of 
the oldest Odd-Fellows in New Haven. 


Clarissa' (Lyman 8 , Jabez 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 26 June 1806 ; m. 29 April 
1829 Ebenezer Phelps Howe b. 25 Oct. 1797, a farmer and Whig ; 
he d. 31 May 1853 ; shea'. 13 Nov. 1867. Bapt.; res. Fabius, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Jane Ann 8 b. S Jan. 1832 in Pompey, N. Y.; m. I Sept. 1856 Joseph 
F. Russell b. 28 Sept. 1S23, a farmer and Rep.; he d. 22 Aug. 
1S73 ; Meth.; res. Millington, 111.; 2 ch. — (1) Joseph Franklin 9 *. 
22 July 1857 at Mission, 111., m. 24 Dec. 1878 Sarah J. Sherwood, 
farmer, Rep., res. Oakdale, Neb., (2) Willie Howe 5 b. 20 Oct. i860 
at M.; d. 24 March 1862. 

ii. William Henry 6 b. 24 July 1843 in Fabius ; m. 28 Nov. 1872 Letitia 
M. Baltzell, of Cobden, b. 19 Oct. 1S51 ; farmer; Rep.; res. 
Cobden, 111.; 4 ch. — (1) Franklin Eben 8 b. 27 Oct. 1873, (2) Carrie 
Emma 9 b. 6 March 1S76, (3) Addie Diora 9 b. 5 Feb. 1879, (4) Henry 9 
b. 26 June 1882. 

iii. Emma Clarissa 6 b. 25 Jan. 1845 in F.; m. 12 Oct. 1863 Geo. H. Cox; 
3 ch.; divorced Sept. 1873 for intemperance ; m. (2nd) 9 July 1874 
Julius A. Freeman, M. D.; 1 ch. ; res. Millington, 111.; 4 ch. — (1) 
George Frederick 9 b. 6 July 1864 at Sandwich, 111., d. 1 Sept. 1864, 
(2) Frank Ralph 9 b. 17 May 1866 at S., d. 15 Dec. 1867, (3) Mary 
Elouisa 9 b. 24 Jan. 1870 at State Centre, la., (4) Harry Eben 9 b. 11 
Jan. 1877 at Chicago. 

Clarissa', being of Pom' r, joined Eliza' in conveying their 
rights as heirs to the estate u~ Eliada and Esther Hitchcock. E. 
P. H. died at Fabius ; Clarissa died at Sandwich Hill. 

Eneas' (Lyman 6 , Jabez 5 , Jabez 4 ) b. 12 Aug. 1808 ; m. 30 May 1838 
Elizabeth dau. of Charles Holabird, b. 25 April 181 7 in Canaan ; 
she d. 10 April 1875. Farmer; she, Cong.; res. No. Guilford, Ct. 

Clan Jabes K : Almira\ 975 

Children, b. in Canaan : 
i. George E. 8 b. 4 May 1842 ; m. Ida E. Hugins of Sheffield, Ms.; no 
ch.; he d. 15 Nov. 1894 ; farmer; res. No. Guilford, No. Branford, 
Ct. George E. served through the War — a member of Co. F, 
Second Heavy Artillery. He was incapacitated by disease con- 
tracted in the army and drew a pension of $17 per month. He 
dropped dead by heart disease while attending to some business 
outside the rectory of Grace Church, New Haven, 
ii. Mary Elizabeth 8 b. 24 Nov. 1843 ; m. 16 Feb. 1875 John L. Hugins 
of Sheffield; res. Sheffield, Ms.; 1 ch.— Carrie Belle 9 b. 26 Feb. 
1876, d. 25 June 1892. 
iii. Wells Butler 8 b. 23 Sept. 1845 ; unm.; mercantile ; res. No. Guilford. 
1088. iv. Helen Maria 8 b. 3 June 1847. 

v. Edward Charles 8 b. 22 May 1849 ! res - Guilford, Ct. 


Almira' (Lyman', Jabez s , Jabez 4 ) b. 27 July 1810 ; m. (by Rev. 
Charles Prentice) 23 March 1834 Henry son of Eli Dean, b. 10 
June 1800 in Canaan, a farmer and Dera.; she d. 30 Oct. 1888 ; he 
d. 2 Nov. 1889. Cong.; res. Canaan, Ct. 

Children, b. in C. : 
i. Ellen Elizabeth 8 b. 17 Dec. 1834 ; m. 1 Nov. 1857 Elizur Butler son 
of Elizur Manley, b. 18 July 1832 in C; he d. 9 Feb. 1862 ; Cong.; 
she res. Falls Village, Ct. ; 1 ch. — Mary Ellen 9 b. 19 Dec. 1858 in 
So. Lee, Ms., d. in So. Canaan 15 July 1862. Ellen E. 8 has 
furnished a large amount of helpful information in regard to her 
branch of Munsons. 

ii. Henry Munson 8 b. 8 Nov. 1836; m. 28 June 1866 Emma dau. of 
Samuel Johnson, of Philadelphia; physician and surgeon ; Rep.; 
Cong.; res. Muscatine, la.; $^~see below; 3 ch. — (1) Harry John- 
son 9 b. 10 Feb. 1869, grad. Jefferson Med. Coll. 1889, served one 
yr. in Jeff. Med. Coll. Hosp., and i\ yr. in Orthopaedic Hosp. and 
Infirmary for Nervous Diseases at Phil., has now an office 610 
Cherry St., Philadelphia, Pa., with charge of a clinic in Jeff. Med. 
Coll. and one in Will's Eye and Ear Hosp., (2) Lee Wallace 9 b. 28 
March 1873, (3) Ray Herbert 9 b. 18 Oct. 1876, all in Muscatine. 

iii. Lee Parker 8 b. 18 Oct. 1838 ; m. 27 May 1874 Seraph dau. of Dr. 
Charles B. Maltbie, b. iS March 1852 in Canaan; lawyer; Pro.; 
Cong.; res. Falls Village, (since 1886) Bridgeport, Ct.; 2 ch. — (1) 
Lee Maltbie 9 b. 16 May 187" '•») Willard Parker 9 *. 2 Oct. 1879, 
both in Canaan. 

iv. Myron Uriah 8 b. 17 Feb. 1841 ; m. 9 March 1865 Mary Jane dau. of 
James Reed, b. 17 July 1S44 in Cornwall, Ct.; mfr. of and dealer 
in flour, feed, grain, etc.; Dem. res. Huntsville, Ct.; 1 ch. — 
Mary Reed" b. 6 Dec. 1869 in Cornwall, m. 30 May 1893 Levi 
Gansir. M. U. 8 D. was town assessor about twelve years, previ- 
ously to 1884 ; in the Legislature 1875. Has quit milling, and 
occupies his father's old place. 


The Munson Record. 


v. Emma Lucretia 6 b. 8 Nov. 1843 ; m. 9 March 1S71 Asahel son of 
Asahel Dunham, a farmer ; divorced ; m. (2nd) 23 Dec. 1890 
Whiting G. Kellogg; Cong.; res. Falls Village, Ct. ; 3 ch. — (1) 
George A. 9 b. 15 Dec. 1S71 in Mt. Washington, Ms., res. So. 
Canaan, (2) Clara E. 9 b. iS May 1S74 in So. Canaan, (3) Josephine 9 
b. 31 Jan. 1877 in So. C, if. 22 July 1S77. 
vi. Frances Almira 3 />. 16 Dec. 1S45 ; unm. ; res. San Francisco, Cal.; 

E^= set below. 
vii. Dwight Eli 8 b. 4 June 184S ; unm.; cashier of the Iron Bank; Dem.; 

Cong.; res. Falls Village, 
viii. Marvin Ansel 8 b. 13 Nov. 1852; m. 31 Dec. 1S76 Carrie A. dau. 
of William J. Canfield, of 
Canaan, b. 2 Jan. 1857 ; 
bookkeeper; Dem. ; Cong. ; 
res. 1 1 38 Chicago Ave., 
Evanston, 111.; 3 ch.— (1) Elva Canfield 9 *. 29 Sept. 1880, d. 18 
July 1SS1, (2) William Dwight 9 b. 9 July 1883, (3) Frances Carolin 9 
b. 6 March 1889. 

Almira 7 and her husband saw the fiftieth anniversary of their 
marriage in '84, and all their children were living. The Deans 
were among the first settlers in Canaan. 

Jfff" Henrv M." was a grad. of the Coll. of Physicians and Sur- 
geons, N. Y. C, 1861, was examined in 1862 by Dr. Valentine 

Mott and others for the position 
of acting assistant surgeon, 
U. S. A., reported to Gen. 
McClellan at Harrison's Land- 
ing, Va., 15 July 1862, and was 
assigned to the 1st Mass. Vols. 
At the second battle of Malvern 
Hills he was assigned to the 
2nd N. Y. Vols., but on their 
return to camp, returned to the 
1 st Mass. Vols, and was with 
them during the second Bull 
Run campaign, soon after 
which he was assigned to the 
3d Corps Hospitals near Fort 
Lyon, Va., where he remained 
until the Spring of 1863, when 
the establishment was discon- 
tinued. He was sent to Lincoln U. S. General Hospital, Wash- 
ington, D. C, where he remained over two years, — during the last 
six months having charge of the Barrack Branch of that insti- 

£ m 




Clan Jabez K : Frances A? 977 

tution (over 1000 beds).* In 1865 he was examined for the 
position of assistant-surgeon U. S. Vet. Vols., and was assigned 
to the 1st Regt., 1st Brig., 1st Army Corps, with which he served 
until the 10th of Jan. 1866. He served, in all, three years and a 
half, and is honorably mentioned in the Medical and Surgical 
History of the War. 

On retiring from the Army, Dr. Dean located at Sandwich, 111., 
where he remained about nine months. In Feb. 1867 he removed 
to Muscatine, la., where he has since resided. He has been V. P. 
and Chm. of the Board of Censors of the County Medical Society, 
and of the Muscatine Academy of Medicine, President of the 
Eastern la. Central Dist. Med. Asso. and the la. and 111. Cent. Dist. 
Med. Asso., surgeon of County Veterans and of the local G. A. R., 
surgeon on the staff of the Com. of the Dept. and Pres. of the 
board of U. S. examining surgeons, and local surgeon of C, R. I. 
and P. R. R. and another. He has a large practice at Muscatine, 
and is highly esteemed. 

J^gT" Frances A. 8 was graduated at Mt. Holyoke Sem. in 187 1; 
studied and travelled in Europe almost a year and a half in 1878 
and '79 ; studied French in Paris, and when in Berlin studied 
German with Prof. Mahn, who wrote the Etymology of Webster's 
Dictionary. She taught Latin and mathematics on the West 
Coast five years, was vice-principal of the Home School for Young 
Ladies in 1885, and in 1887 was principal of the Field Seminary 
at Oakland. She was also president of a large incorporated 
literary society called The Ebell Society. Now, 1893, teaching 
in San Francisco. She began some years ago the cultivation of a 
raisin and fruit ranch near the city of Fresno, Cal. 


Ann L.' (Lyman 8 , Jabez', Jabez') b. 1 Nov. 1820 ; m. 6 Nov. 
1853 Alva Warner of Hamden ; 1 ch.; hed. 3 June 1856 ; m. (2nd) 
29 Jan. 1858 Eber Warner; 3 ch.; he d. 1893 ; she d. 1 June 1890. 
Res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children, b. in H. : 
i. Alice M. 8 b. 7 Sept. 1855 ; in. iS Aug. 18S0 Henry S. Shepard of 

H., a farmer; res. No. Guilford, Ct. ; 5 ch.— (1) Clarence E. 9 *. 

14 June 1S83 in No. G., (2) Mabel A. 9 b. 9 July 1886, (3) Alice J.' 

*. 27 Aug. 1888, (4) Harry W.» *. 13 March 1S90, d, 16 May '90, 

(5) Arthur H. 9 b. 18 July 1891. 
ii. Ansel Ebenezer s <5. 2 May 1858 ; res. Hamden. 

• See Med. and Surgical Hist, of the War of the Rebellion. 

978 77*^ Munson Record. 

iii. Elvin Munson 8 b. 15 April i860; res. H. 
iv. Laura Electa 8 b. 8 Nov. 1862 ; res. H. 

Ann L. is said to have been " a true Christian and to have had 
kind words and acts for all." 

Amelia C. 7 (Amos , Stephen", Jabez 1 ) b. 23 Sept. 1809 ; m. (in 
No. H.) Oct. 1829 Sharon Bassett, a mfr.; she d. 10 June 1878. 
Res. North Haven, Derby, Ct. 

Children, b. in No. H. : 

i. Dickerman Munson" b. 1 Aug. 1830; m. 17 Nov. 1852 Mary Smith 
of Huntington ; mfr. (Norway 
Iron Bolt Works); res. Derby, 
Ct. ; dau. Lillian M. 9 , res. Bir- 
mingham, Ct. 

ii. Gertrude G. 8 b. 10 May 1834 ; m. 12 June i860 Wm. G. Beecher of 
Westville, Ct. 

S. B. "got to be quite forehanded." His son has succeeded him 
in the business which was founded in 1838, and manufactures 
Philadelphia carriage, tire, shaft, step, perch, steeple-head, cone- 
head, wrap, whiffletree, and spring bolts, and axle clips. The 
factory is at Birmingham. 

John' (Amos 6 , Stephen'', Jabez') b. 20 June 1813 ; m. 8 Oct. 1839 
Fanny Graves of Killingworth, Ct.; 3 ch.; she d. 1 Oct. 1849, ce - 
30 ; m. (2nd) 26 Nov. 185 1 Sarah P. Stevens ; she d. 23 Dec. 1853, 
a. 29 ; m. (3d) 3 April 1855 Eliza P. Fitch b. in No. Haven ; she d. 
14 June, 1888. Mfr.; Episc; res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children : 

i. William Ezra 8 b. 29 Dec. 1839 ; unm.; d. 13 Jan. 1891; res. Haddam, 
Ct. The Springfield Republican of Jan. 23, 1891 had this: "One 
day last week the emaciated body of William Munson was found 
in a small hut at Haddam, a few rods from Arnold's station on 
the Connecticut Valley road. He had occupied the hut for 12 
years, living the life of a hermit. Munson's relatives removed 
the body, but did not trouble themselves to examine the hut, sup- 
posing it contained nothing of value. A party of young men 
visited the shanty Friday and after a short investigation turned 
up bank books and railroad bonds valued at $7,000." 

ii. John H. 8 b. 25 Dec. 1841 ; d. 30 May 1886 at the State Hospital in 
New Haven ; res. Wallingford. He enlisted 4 Sept. 1S61 in Co. 
C, 7th Regt., was wounded at Cold Harbor, Va., 1 June '64, and 
discharged 12 Sept. '64. Shortly before his death he received a 
back pension of $1,030. 

Clan Jabez': John 1 . 979 

iii. Charles W. 8 6. 2 Aug. 1844 ; m. 4 Jan. 1871 Isadore dau. of Jona- 
than E. Webster, *. 31 Aug. 1851 in Hartford ; he d. 28 Oct. 1872 ; 
mechanic ; res. Meriden, Ct. (wid., New Haven) ; 1 ch. — Fannie 
Warren 9 b. 31 Oct. 1871 in M., d. 26 May 1876 in N. H. 

Jan. 1, 1847 Samuel Simpson sold his britannia manufactory at 
Yalesville to John Munson, who had been associated with him a 
number of years. The art of electro-plating was introduced about 
this time, and was applied to britannia. Simpson, purchasing the 
Humiston Mills property, engaged in the manufacture of silver- 
plated ware, — applying silver to rolled white-metal by the voltaic 

"On Jan. 1st, 1853, John Munson, to whom Mr. Simpson had 
previously sold the manufacture of common britannia goods, 
associated with him two enterprising young men by the name of 
Wilcox, and under the joint-stock law organized an incorporated 
company by the name of the Meriden Britannia Company. This 
new company, energetic, enterprising, and fully alive to passing 
events, induced Mr. Simpson to stock his business with theirs. 
This arrangement took effect Jan. 1, 1854. After this Mr. Simp- 
son took an active part in the new company and was not known 
separately in the market until 1866."* 

" The Meriden Britannia Company ... is preeminently the 
corporation which has caused the name of Meriden to be known in 
nearly all parts of the civilized globe as the ' Silver City.' It is, 
moreover, the corporation which controls the largest establish- 
ment in the world devoted to the manufacture of silver-ware and 
silver-plated goods, producing 4,000 different articles and having 
an annual output of nearly $4,000,000 worth of goods. "f Its build- 
ings have an aggregate floor-space of nearly ten acres, with over 
5,000 feet of shafting, while nearly 1200 hands are employed. 
George R. Curtis has been treasurer from the beginning. 

Mr. Munson sold out to the Meriden Britannia Co., after which 
he engaged in the grocery business. Too trustful and generous, 
he lost severely by selling goods to the dishonest and by endorsing 
paper that was not substantial. He was once worth thirty or forty 
thousand dollars. He has been president of a savings-bank, has 
served as selectman, and was second warden of the borough of 
Wallingford, an office which he held four years — until 1874. In 
1853 and 1855 he represented his town in the Legislature. He 
was recently one of the wardens of St. Paul's Church. " John Mun- 
son is one of the finest of men," said a prominent townsman to me. 

• Wall Hist., 478. 

t Hist, of New Haven Co. I. <qi. 

980 The Munson Record. 

Mr. Munson participated memorably in the tornado of Aug. 9, 
1878, by which 29 lives were destroyed. Two black storms, one 
from the north-by-east and another from the southwest, united, 
after which the terror moved east-southeast with great velocity. 
The time between "the formation of the cyclone" and the ending 
of its destructive work in the village, did not exceed one and a 
half minutes. A fragment of the tin-roof of the school-building 
was found twelve miles eastward, in Haddam. A receipt was car- 
ried from the home of John Cline into Rhode Island — 65 miles as 
the crow flies. The tornado was followed by torrents of water 
during ten or twelve minutes. 

Mr. Munson was looking out of his west window : he saw the 
air thick with sand and flying fragments, and turning grasped the 
door-casing. The next moment he was in the cellar, while the 
house was hurled forward into the street ; the upper story was 
gone, and what remained was a complete ruin. Mrs. Munson, 
Mrs. Isadore Munson, Miss Sarah Fields, and the hired girl, were 
confined under the timbers ; by cutting and prying they were 
removed and found to be uninjured, save by bruises. Their escape 
from death seems wonderful.* 

The loss of Mr. Munson on Main St. was $4,500, and on The 
Plains, $2,000. In the evening after the tornado, Rev. J. E. Wild- 
man picked up a case containing two gold watches belonging to 
Mr. and Mrs. Munson. The watches were uninjured, though in 
the breaking up of the house they had been thrown into the middle 
of the road. 


Mary E.' (Amos 6 , Stephen 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 7 Nov. 1820 ; m. 7 Nov 
1841 John Gibb Smith of Hamden, a gunstocker and Rep.; she d. 
20 Oct. 1855. Episc.; he res. New Haven (Whitneyville), Ct. 

Children, b. in Hamden : 

i. William Frederick 8 b. 19 July 1S43 ; m. 28 April 1S68 Sarah Lester 
Gallup of Norwich, Ct. ; machinist; Rep.; Episc; res. Hamden 
(P. O., New Haven, Whitneyville box); W. F. 8 served 3 years in 
Co. F, 6th C. V.; 6 ch. *. in H.— (1) Inez Elizabeth 9 b. 8 April 
1874, (2) Frederick Winfield 9 /'. 14 March 1876, (3) Catharine 
Ward 9 b. 5 Oct. 1877, (4) Emily Alice 9 b. 25 March 1879, (5) Albert 
Woodruff 9 /'. 23 Sept. 1880, (6) Bessie Louise 9 b. 24 Nov. 18S2. 

ii. J. Gibb 8 b. 29 Aug. 1847 ; m. 20 May 1S68 Ella Brown b. 8 Sept. 
1848 in Brooklyn, N. Y.; lumber, doors, sash, blinds, mouldings, 
and stairs; Rep.; Episc; res. New Haven, Ct. ; 4 ch. — (1) Wal- 

* Kendrick's History of the Wallingford Disaster. (It has a picture of J. Munsou's wrecked 

Clan Jabez\- Henry 1 . 981 

ton Auley 9 b. 26 Feb. 1S69 in Philadelphia, Pa., (2) Florence 
Lydia» b. 10 May 1875 in New Haven, d. 22 Feb. 1876, (3) Clara 
Gibb 5 b. 21 April 1877 in N. H., (4) Gladys Munson 9 b. 14 March 
1884 in N. H. 
iii. Mary Catharine 8 b. 1 March 1855 ; d. 28 Feb. 1856. 

Henry 7 (Lucy J.', Isaac', Jabez 4 ) b. 29 June 1807; m. 29 Jan. 1834 
Jane dau. of Joel Ford, of Hamden ; she d. 17 June 1864, ce. 50 ; he 
d. 21 March 1893. Gunsmith; Rep.; Cong.; res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 
1089. i. Henry Whitney 6 b. 4 Feb. 1835 in Hamden (Whitneyville), Ct. 

ii. Gustavus B. 8 *. Jan. 1837 ; d. 25 May 1843. 

iii. Robert Putnam 8 b. 9 Dec. 1838; unm.; dec; mechanic, emp. at 
Winchester Armory; res. with father. 

iv. Eunice Lucy 8 b. 1840; m. 20 Nov. 1861 George H. Gorham of 
Hamden, a farmer, a. 22 ; res. Hamden (Plains); 1 ch. — Henry 
Jared 9 . 

v. Catherine Thompson 8 b. abt. 1845 ; m. 27 Oct. 1862 Amos W. Ben- 
ham of Hamden, <?. 21 ; no ch.; m. (2nd) Cornelius Warner, a 
farmer; 2 ch.; she d. 28 Oct. 1S77 ; res. Hamden; 2 ch. — (1) 
Warren Cornelius 9 b. 25 Oct. 1877, (2) Katie 9 (twin) *. 25 Oct. 

vi. Mary Ford" *. abt. 1851 ; m. 14 Oct. 1874 John H. Piatt of New 
Haven, a-. 31, b. in Prospect, a merchant ; no ch.; she d. 5 Sept. 
1881; res. New Haven. Mary F. 8 was received by profession to 
the East-Plains Cong. Ch. 6 March 1870. 

The New Haven Evening Register had the following : 

" The funeral of the late Henry Munson, of Dixwell avenue, 
was conducted from the Whitneyville church Friday afternoon. 
There was a large attendance of relatives and sorrowing friends. 

" Mr. Munson, who was nearly 86 years of age, was born in 
Hamden and was one of the best known residents of that town. 
His wife, who died about 20 years ago, was Miss Jane Ford. Mr. 
Munson, Griswold I. Gilbert and William Atwater married three 
sisters. Mr. Munson was the father of six children, but only two 
survive — Henry W. Munson, with whom he had resided for sev- 
eral years, and Mrs. George H. Gorham. 

"Mr. Munson learned the trade of gunmaking at the old Whit- 
neyville armon r and was an expert at his trade. Afterwards he 
became a contractor. He was the first man to make a gun out of 
a piece of solid steel. It was always the custom to weld the barrel, 
building it up from several sections. His employers finally de- 
cided to try and make guns from one piece of steel, as the product 

982 The Munson Record. 

was likely to be much better. Mr. Munson contracted to make a 
large number of guns from solid steel and set to work on his con- 
tract. His first work was discouraging, however, the great draw- 
back being the inability to bore the barrel straight, because it was 
impossible to tell just in what direction the drill was boring : it 
was bound to bore at one side or the other of the center. 

" Having spoiled many guns, Mr. Munson set up a great think- 
ing. He was of a scientific turn of mind and he attempted to 
solve the trouble under which he labored. After much study he 
evolved a principle that solved the trouble and was able to bring 
out a little device by means of which he could control his drill 
and bore a straight hole. One of his friends said this afternoon 
that if Mr. Munson had only patented his invention it would have 
yielded him millions of dollars. Somehow Mr. Munson did not 
realize how valuable an invention he had and allowed the golden 
moment to slip by. Afterward when the device was used in all 
the armories of the country, he saw what he had lost. This little 
machine is still used in boring out the barrels of steel guns. 

"Mr. Munson worked at gun-making for many years, and was 
able to lay the foundation of a considerable fortune. Leaving 
the Whitneyville armory, he became the senior member of the firm 
of Munson, Morse & Co., dealers in saddlery in Temple street. 
Mr. Munson retired from this business about 20 years ago, but 
was a very active old gentleman up to the time of his last illness 
from pneumonia, which was of only 30 hours' duration. During 
his later years he settled many estates in Hamden, and many of 
the older residents thought no one could perform this business 
quite as well as Mr. Munson. 

"Up to the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion he was a 
democrat, but then became a republican. Twice he represented 
his native town in the legislature, and during his useful life had 
held all of the principal offices in the town. Early in the Rebel- 
lion he was an active assistant in helping Hamden fill her quota 
of troops and none did so much in this line. These services were 
so much commended that the town presented him with a hand- 
some clock and a gold-headed cane. 

" He was a man rather under the usual height, but thick-set ; he 
had for many years thick locks of whitened hair; and he pos- 
sessed a genial countenance. For years he would drive to this 
city nearly every day in a covered phaeton, and was well and 
favorably known " here. 

We add a few particulars. In 1807 nineteen boys were born in 
Hamden ; five of them were surviving in 1887, of whom Henry 7 

Clan Jabez*: Augustus '. 983 

was one. A townsman remarked to me in 1882 : Henry Munson " is 
considered to be the man in Hamden for any important business." 
His town however is Democratic. 

He was admitted freeman in Nov. 1828 ; was chosen highway- 
surveyor in 1846, and selectman in 1846 and 1847 ; was elected 
assessor in 1853 and member of the board of relief in 1857 and 
1863 ; was made a justice of the peace in 1870 ; represented his 
town in the Legislature in 1847 and 1854. 

The value of his estate is reported as about $50,000. Mrs. Mun- 
son was admitted to the East-Plains Congregational Church July 
2, 1843 ; Henry was admitted (by profession) March 4, i860. "He 
is one of my best friends and supporters," said his pastor in 1885 ; 
" A dear old man ! " exclaimed a later pastor in 1892, when Henry's 
name was mentioned; he added concerning Henry W. s — "And 
Deacon Munson, — I don't know what we should do without him ! 
You have reason to be proud of them." 


Augustus 7 (Harvey", Isaac 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 13 Feb. 1823; m. 4 Nov. 

1846 Harriet Wilcox Roys b. 4 Aug. 1823 in Norfolk, Ct. Lumber 
mfr.; Rep.; Seventh-Day Adventist ; res. Huntsville, Ct. 

Children, b. in So. Canaan : 
i. Harlow 8 b. 5 Aug. 1849 ; d. 27 Sept. 1849. 

ii. Charles Augustus 8 b. 4 Aug. 1851 ; unm.; d. 23 April 1885 ; loco- 
motive engineer ; Rep.; res. Litchfield, Ct. 
iii. Hattie Augusta 8 *. 30 Nov. 1857; unm.; 7th-Day Adv.; res. Hunts- 
iv. Frank Wallace s b. 9 Jan. 1861 ; m. 15 Nov. 1884 Cornelia 1 dau. of 
Kneeland J. Munson, b. 20 July 1857 in Canaan ; engineer 
Shepaug R. R. 8 yrs. (1893) ; Rep. ; Meth. ; res. Litchfield, Hawley- 
ville, Bethel, Ct.; 1 ch.— Charley 9 *. 30 Dec. 1888 in H.,d. 6 Dec. 

Augustus' lives on The Mountain. 

Rosette C (Alva', Isaac", Jabez') b 27 July 1828 ; m. 29 Nov. 

1847 Cyrus Warner b. 11 June 1825 in Hamden, a farmer and 
Rep.; she d. 27 Feb. 1883. Meth.; res. Woodbridge (P. O., West- 
ville), Ct. 

Children : 
i. Ellis Olander 8 b. 25 March 1850 in Hamden ; m. 16 Dec. 1875 
Georgianna L. Woodruff b. 11 Oct. 1855 in Bethany; butcher; 
Rep.; Meth.; res. Woodbridge (P. O., Wcstville) ; 1 ch.— Luella 
M.» *. 27 April 1879. 

984 The Munson Record. 

ii. Burton Alva 8 b. 20 Feb. 1S55 in H.; m. 1 Jan. 1881 Amy J. Good- 
man of Westville b. 22 Dec. 1857 in Vt.; baker; Rep.; Meth.; 
res. Westville, Ct.; 1 ch. — John C. 9 b. 15 Jan. 1882. 
iii. Rose Lillie 8 b. 5 May i860 ; d. 27 Dec. 1880. 


Alfred 7 (Alva", Isaac 6 , Jabez 1 ) b. 6 Aug. 1830 ; m. 25 Oct. 1857 
Mary E. dau. of John Oliver, b. 7 Sept. 1835 in Rahway, N. J. 
Emp. Union India-Rubber Co.; Rep.; Meth.; res. Harlem, N. Y. 

Children, b. in Newark, N. J.: 
i. Alva B. s b. 16 Oct. 1858 ; shipping clerk ; Rep.; Meth.; res. Harlem, 
ii. Anna M. 8 b. 8 July i860 ; m. 4 May 1S81 Charles E. son of Charles 

E. Peck of Harlem, a salesman ; Meth.; res. Harlem, 
iii. Eva F. 8 b. 20 Aug. 1863 ; m. 7 Oct. 1879 William D. son of David 

Golden of Harlem, a ticket-agent; Meth.; res. Harlem. 

Alfred 7 was admitted freeman at Hamden 5 April 1852. He is 
blue-eyed, genial, and cordial. 


Orrin 7 (Alva", Isaac", Jabez") b. 10 July 1832 ; m. 22 Nov. 1857 
Mary Marinda Warner b. 29 March 1836 in Hamden. Fruit- 
grower ; Dem.; Meth.; res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children, b. in H.: 

1090. i. Clifford Harley 8 b. 10 Jan. 1859. 

ii. Robbin Abner 8 b. 11 Feb. 1861 ; painter; Dem.; Meth.; made free- 
man Oct. 1882 ; admitted to Plains Church 1 April 1883. 
iii. Nora Agnes 8 b. 28 Sept. 1870 ; admitted to Plains Ch. 28 Oct. 1883. 

The district in which Orrin lives is known as " Warnertown." 
He and his wife were received to the Plains M. E. Church by pro- 
fession in 1844. He was the executor of his father's Will. He 
has furnished the family records of quite a number of his relatives. 


Juliette 7 (Alva", Isaac 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 22 Feb. 1835 ; m. 25 Sept. 
1853 Willianl H. Woodin b. 25 March 1832 in Hamden, a farmer 
and Rep.; she d. 22 Oct. 1864. Cong.; res. Hamden (P. O., West- 
ville), Ct. 

Children, b. in H.: 

i. Charlie A. 8 b. 13 May 1855; ice-dealer; Rep.; Meth.; res. New 

ii. Albert W. 9 b. 30 Jan. 1859; farmer; Rep.; Meth.; res Hamden. 
iii. Minnie M. 8 b. 25 March i860; m. 1 Jan. 1880 Robert S. Gorham b. 

7 Aug. 1859 in Hamden, a farmer and Rep.; Meth.; res. Hamden. 
iv. Juliette A. 8 b. 27 Sept. 1861 ; Meth.; res. Hamden. 

Clan Jabez*: Charles R. 1 985 

Elizabeth S. 7 (Alva", Isaac", Jabez') b. 7 Oct. 1839 ; m. 7 Oct. 
i860 Dennis N. Wooding b. 5 Oct. 1834 in Bethany, a butcher 
and Rep.; he d. 16 July 1881. Cong.; res. Woodbridge (P. O., 
Westville), Ct. 

Children, b. in Woodbridge : 
i. Nellie A. 8 b. 14 July 1661 ; res. Woodbridge. 
ii. Jessie E. 8 b. 7 May 1864 ; res. W. 
iii. Leonard B. 8 b. 27 Nov. 1866 ; m. 1 Jan. 1890 Lizzie A. Judge of 

Woodbridge ; res. W. ; 1 ch. — Edwin Munson 9 b. 12 Sept. 1891. 
iv. Johnny T. 8 b. 10 July 1874 ; d. 16 Oct. 1880. 

William I.' (Alva", Isaac 5 , Jabez') b. 13 Oct. 1843 ; m. 18 Oct. 
187 1 Fannie dau. of Andrew J. Doolittle, b. 22 Oct. 1852 in 
Hamden. Farmer; Dem.; Meth.; res. Hamden (Plains, P. O., 
New Haven), Ct. 

Children : 
i. Edgar 6 b. 3 April 1S75.* 
ii. Ruby Angeline* b. 24 July 1SS2 in Hamden. 

William I. was selectman in 1886, '87, '88 and '89. He is a 
member of the M. E. Church of Hamden Plains (received 3 Apr. 
1881), of Hamden Grange, and of Harmony Lodge of I. O. O. F. 
of New Haven. 


Charles R. 7 (RusseF, Levi 5 , Jabez') b. 8 Jan. 1818 ; m. Mary 
dau. of Curtis Botsford, a sea-captain, res. near Seymour, Ct.; he 
d. 5 April 1849. Shoemaker ; res. New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in N. H.: 
i. Elizabeth Ann 8 b. 1843 ; m. 3 Dec. 1866 William H. Holcorab, Jr., 
a. 28, b. in Knoxville, 111., V. P. and gen'I manager of U. P. R. 
R. 1888-90, and in 1883 general manager transportation at 
World's Fair; she d. April 1892; res. Rochelle, 111.; 3 ch. — 
William Horace 9 , Herbert W. 9 , Annie M. 9 , all living 1893 in 
Hinsdale, 111. 
1091. ii. Charles Curtis 8 b. 25 Sept. 1848. 

Charles R. died at the age of thirty-one. 

John H. 7 (RusseF, Levi", Jabez') b. 22 Dec. 1819 ; m. at New 
Haven 28 Aug. 1842 Marina Fenn Stoddard b. 31 Jan. 1822 in 

1 N. H. Pub. Rec; Fam. Rec, April 4 . 

986 The Munson Record. 

Litchfield, Ct.; he d. 12 Sept. 1882 ; she d. 13 Nov. 1887. Carpen- 
ter ; Rep.; Bapt.; res. New Haven, Ct., Davenport, la. 

Children : 

1092. i. Louisa Bishop* b. 30 Aug. 1S45 in New Haven. 

ii. Ellen M. 8 b. 8 April 1854 in N. H.; d. 21 July 1855. 

iii. Russel Charles 8 b. 5 Dec. 1857 at Muscatine Island, la.; m. 14 Oct. 
1879 Jennie B. Lancaster of Davenport; no ch.; U. S. inspector 
of ordnance at Rock Island, 111.; res. Davenport, la. 

iv. Lorena E. s b. 1 Jan. i860 at M. I.; /«. 16 May 1883 Charles N. 
Lewis of Davenport, a shipping-clerk ; res. Davenport. 


Wyllys E. 7 (Levi 6 , Levi 5 , Jabez') b. abt. 1816; m. Betsey . 

Farmer ; res. Hamden, Ct. 

Children : 
i. John Elizur s b. n April 1837 in Oxford ; m. 27 Nov. 1861 Caroline 
E. Permin of Fair Haven ; oyster-business ; res. No. Front St., 
Fair Haven, Ct.; twin ch. b. 17 Jan. 1867, dec. Being "of 
Hamden" John E. 8 gave a mortgage securing $1458, 8 June 1866. 
He appears to have been a grantee of oyster grounds in 1872. 
He has been in the oyster business more than twenty years. He 
served the city of New Haven, 1878, as alderman. 

ii. Levi Billson 8 b. abt. 1843 in New Haven ; m. 13 June 1867 Huldah 
A. Warner, a. 21, of Hamden ; teaming ; res. Hamden ; 4 ch. — 
(1) Fred 9 b. 29 May 186S in H., working at ice-business for San- 
ford, (2) Anna 9 b, app'y 6 May 1870, (3) dau. b. 25 Sept. 1872, (4) 
dau. b. 3 Sept. 1882. Levi B. lives next his father. 

iii. Homer Stephen* b. 5 May 185 1 in Hamden ; m. 8 Sept. 1881 Ella G. 
Francisco, a - . 21, of Southbury, b. Newark, N. J.; blacksmith; 
res. Hamden ; 1 ch. — Sarah Bertha 9 b. 29 June 1S83. He bought 
of E. Warner 2 Nov. 1876 a lot bounded E. 60 feet by Dixwell 
Ave.; price, $330. 

iv. Georgianna Minerva 8 b. 29 Sept. 1855 in H.; m. 3 Sept. 1873 Nathan 
R. Whiting, a. 23, b. in Hamden; 1 ch.; m. (2nd) Benjamin 
Humiston ; res. Centreville, Ct.; 2 ch. — (1) Anna 9 , (2) infant. 

Wyllys E.'s home is about a quarter of a mile S. W. of the 
Plains M. E. church. He was chosen surveyor of highways Oct. 
1S40, and measurer of wood 187S, '79, '81, 'S2 and '83. 


Emily' (Levinus", Joshua", Jabez 4 ) b. 6 Sept. 1842 ; m. 1 June 
1864 Wm. H. Marvine. Res. Tarrytown, N. Y., now (1893) Vaca- 
ville, Solano Co., Cal. 

Clan Jabez\- William B. 7 987 

Children : 
i. Charles Monson* b. 6 April 1865. 
ii. Helen Parish* b. 9 June 1868. 
Hi. Susan Ely 8 b. 15 Sept. 1871. 

These children are unmarried and living with their mother, 
1893. The latter writes : " I have been here five years, — am culti- 
vating a fruit-ranch. I have forty-two acres, — thirty-two in fruit- 
trees and grape-vines — three thousand of the former, two thousand 
of the latter." 

William B. 7 (Chester 6 , Joshua", Jabez 4 ) b. 10 June 1823; m. 11 
July 1850 Sophia Jane Sedgwick b. 26 April 1826 in Ellettsville. 
Rep.; Meth.; res. Ellettsville, Ind. 

Children, b. at. E.: 

i. Laura Bettie 8 b. 18 April 1851 ; »;. Jan. 1870 Samuel E. Harris of E., 
a Rep.; Meth.; res. Bloomington, Ind.; 4 ch. 

ii. George Holabird 8 b. 14 Nov. 1857; unm.; physician; Rep.; Meth.; 
res. Stanford, Ind.; grad. in medicine at Indianapolis. 

iii. Chester 8 b. 19 May i860; m. 20 Oct. 1886 Nora Alice Neal at Cald- 
well, Kan.; merchant; Rep.; Meth.; res. Wichita, Kan.; &g~ 
see below ; 1 ch. — Chester Neal 9 b. 28 May 1889 at Meade Centre, 

iv. Hattie Eloise 8 b. 11 May 1863; m. 1886 Charles L. Alexander of 
Bloomington, Ind., a Rep.; Meth.; res. Burlington, la.; 2 ch. 

v. Victor William 8 b. 28 July 1868 ; unm.; Rep.; Meth.; res. Portland, 
Ore.; grad. of high-school ; is salesman and manager for E. R. 
Behlaw, importer of skins and mfr. of fancy furs. 

William B. 7 arrived in Salem, Ind., in 1833, and attended high- 
school. He was in both Mexican and Civil Wars. Formerly 
lived in Bloomington, Ind. He is now "retired." 

13^*' Chester 9 first alighted in Wichita 10 Jan. 1882 ; a month 
later, went to Caldwell, Kan., and took a position as foreman in 
Hulbert's hardware store, where he remained until Sept. 'S4, when 
he went to Atchison, Kan., to take a like position in another 
hardware store. Not liking that city he returned to Caldwell 1 
Jan. 1885, resuming his old position with Mr. Hulbert. In Sept. 
1886 he "took another dose of H. G.'s advice," and went still 
farther West, locating at Meade Centre, Kan., and embarking in 
the hardware business on his own account. Owing to poor health, 
in the Fall of 1890 he sold out, and engaged in the manufacture of 
soap at Burlington, la.; but health not improving, he went to 
Velasco, Tex., 1 Jan. '92, and embarked in the hardware business 

988 77/i? Munson Record. 

again ; finding it severely overdone, he returned to Kansas and 
became commercial salesman for The English Supply and Engine 
Co. of Kansas City, Mo. 


Julia R. : (Chester 8 , Joshua 5 , Jabez 1 ) b. 17 May 1844 ; m. 16 June 
1864 Hiram F. Braxton, a merchant ; he d. 20 May 1881. Res. 
Bloomington, Ind. 

Children : 

i. Eloise- b. 10 Dec. 1865 in Bedford, Ind.; m. 1890 Charles Stone, a 
merchant ; res. Chicago. 

ii. George M. 8 *. 15 March 1868 in Bedford ; journalist ; res. Bloom- 

iii. Thomas M. 8 b. 14 Dec. 1S70 in Ellettsville, Ind.; merchant ; res. 

Chester" had a large farm which is reported to be in possession 
of this family. 


Forbes' (Luther", Joshua 5 , Jabez') b. 17 Feb. 1827 ; m. Oct. 1850 
Matilda Woodbridge b. in Stockbridge, Ms.; 3 ch.; she obt. 
divorce about 1880 ; she d. 4 Aug. 1884, ce. unc. 52 ; m. (2nd) in 
Gowanda, N. Y.; 1 ch.; he d. (of apoplexy) 10 July 1893. Res. 15 
Thomas St., Niagara Falls, N. Y. 

Children, 3 b. in C: 
i. Henry Woodbridge* b. 4 July 1851 ; non comp.; lives with his 
brother ; " a good fellow," to whom the family are much attached, 
ii. Caroline 6 b. 1854 ; d. 1872 in Vineland, N, J. 
1093. iii. Forbes 8 b. 2 Oct. 1S56 in Canaan. 

Forbes' was handsome and gifted : Judge Hitchcock thought if 
he could do as well in the Assembly as Forbes Monson, it would 
suffice. For a time he ranked among ^ 

the first people of his town ; but when ~^ ,ir ^-^i -^C^**^***"*-—* 
cramped in business, he drew a note on Douglass, and escaped. 
Being of Canaan, 9 Nov. 1855, he disposed of his interest in an 
iron-ore bed in Amenia to Charles Edwards of Kent. The Water- 
bury American of March 20, 1891 quoted the Conn. Western News 
as follows : " Truth is more strange than fiction. The life and 
adventures of Forbes Munson would form a story more lengthy, 
thrilling and wonderful than even Rider Haggard ever dreamed 
of writing." 

Clan Jabez*: Myron E. 1 989 


Myron E.' (Kneeland J. ", Joshua', Jabez*) b. 30 May 1846 ; m. 15 
Oct. 1871 Dora Arnold of Canaan ; 1 ch.; m. (2nd) 4 Sept. 1873 
Frances M. Aldrich of North East, N. Y.; 3 ch. Farmer; Rep.; 
Meth.; res. Spokane Falls, Wash. 

Children : 
i. Angeline Dora 3 b. 15 July 1872 at Port Royal, S. C. 
ii. Olive M. 9 b. 21 Aug. 1874 at Millerton, N. Y. 
iii. Eugene 8 b. 8 Nov. 1877 in California. 
iv. Leslie 8 b. 20 March 1880 at Spokane Falls. 

Myron E.* is a graduate of Eastman's Bus. Coll. 


Mary E.' (Kneeland J.", Joshua 6 , Jabez*) b. 24 Aug. 1847 ; m. 23 
June 1870 James C. Snyder of West Copake, N. Y., b. 4 Dec. 1848, 
a merchant and Rep., but now dealer in lumber and mfr. of boxes. 
Meth.; res. Port Royal, Bluffton, S. C. 

Children : 
i. William Kneeland 8 i. 9 June 1872 at P. R.; d. 25 July 1880. 
ii. Wesley James 8 b. 3 Dec. 1873 at P. R. ; at sixteen received exhor- 
ter's license (Meth.), at seventeen preacher's license, and has 
since had regular appointments ; will finish his collegiate course 
in June '94. 
iii. Hubert Munson 8 *. 12 Oct. 1881 at P. R. 
iv. Royal Edward 8 b. 14 Aug. 1883 at Millerton, N. Y. 

Mary E.' attended boarding-school at Woodbury in '61 and '62 ; 
So. Berkshire Inst. '64~'65, and Claverack Coll. '66. She "conse- 
crated her entire being to God" Feb. 3, 1867, and "received the 
full baptism of the Holy Ghost " at Pine-Grove camp-meeting 
Aug. 27, 1S69. She first met her future husband at Claverack 
College. For a year and a half previously to their marriage he 
had resided on Paris Island (Port Royal) where he owned a home- 
stead. Around their home (" Ocean-View ") were various forts 
which became famous during the Rebellion ; in their possession 
are cannon-balls, grape-shot and shell, from Fort Beauregard. 
Near them was Fort Charles, built by the French in 1562, — the 
oldest in the U. S. 

The last night in Aug. 1881, "Ocean-View" was attacked by a 
hurricane and inundated, obliging the family to take refuge in a 
strong barn on higher ground. The night was terrible with the 
storm, the creaking of the barn, the crash of an adjoining shed 
and of falling trees. When morning dawned they found their 

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house still standing, though ruined. They resorted to Mrs. C. W. 
Niver's place on the same island, where Hubert was born. Two 
weeks later they proceeded to Wellwood, Mrs. W. H. Niver's 
place, on Hilton Head Island ; and a week later they settled in 
Bluffton. There J. C. S. built a store. 


Julia* (Kneeland J.', Joshua', Jabez*) b. 7 June 1849 ; m. 4 July 
1882 William John Fripp b. in St. Helena Island, S. C, a planter, 
merchant and Dem. Rep.; Meth.; res. Bluffton, Beaufort Co., 
S. C. 

Children : 
i. Elmer Munson 8 *. 14 May 18S7 at Bluffton. 
ii. Ethel Iona 8 b. 9 Aug. 1888. 

Before the removal to Bluffton, this family resided in Port 
Royal. Julia and Wm. J. are both members of the M. E. Church 
South. Mrs. F. and her sisters Mary and Agnes are "in the pho- 
tographic business." 


Agnes A.' (Kneeland J.°, Joshua 5 , Jabez') b. 9 Oct. 1851 ; m. 1 
Oct. 1877 William Henry son of Henry Niver, b. 20 June 1847 in 
Copake, N. Y., a dealer in S. I. cotton and general merchandise, 
and Dem. Woman-suffrage ; Meth.; res. Hilton Head, Bluff- 
ton, S. C. 

Children : 
i. William Wadsworth 8 b. 8 April 1882 in Hilton Head, 
ii. Kneeland Munson 8 b. 1 Jan. 1890. 

W. H. N. is engaged in buying Sea Island cotton, and ginning 
and preparing it for market ; also in planting, and in raising 
stock. He is now (1893) quitting the mercantile business. His 
planting is on the main land and on Jenkins and Paris Islands ; 
on the latter he carries on truck-farming. His cotton mill is now 
at Bluffton. 

The residence of Agnes A. has been on Paris Island, 1878 Jen- 
kins Island, and since 1886 Bluffton. She and her husband are 
church-members. Mrs. N. writes May 1893 : "Nearly all of my 
father's family believe in the four-fold Gospel, viz., Christ our 
Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming Lord, and most of us have 
accepted Christ as our own healer. For five years he has been 
my only physician," — except in two instances; once she "could 
not trust the Lord " in a case of croup, and again in a case of 

Clan Jabez*: Caroline E. s 991 

dysentery a human physician was summoned. But in other cases 
of croup, and in cases of spinal injury, and broken ribs, "the Lord 
has always been faithful." 


Caroline E. 8 (Ammi L. 7 , Jabez', Jabez 6 , Jabez') b, 16 Aug. 1831 ; 
m. 18 Aug. 185 1 Charles F. Lockwood, a tailor, b. 9 Sept. 1827 in 
New Milford, Ct; he d. 5 Nov. 1880. Cong.; res. Elm St., New 

Children, b. in N. H.: 
i. Emma Adella 9 b. 3 April 1855 ; d. 29 Oct. 1861. 

ii. Mary Granger 9 b. 3 Oct. 1857 ; d. 26 April 1892. Said to have dis- 
played an unusual development of Christian character ; while 
ever pure, considerate and faithful in daily duty, until her last 
year of pain and weakness none knew the uncomplaining 
strength of her brave soul. 


Susan A. 8 (Ammi L.', Jabez", Jabez 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 6 May 1836 ; m, 
9 Sept. 1854 Charles B. Augur, a cabinet-maker, ce. 23, b. in N. H.; 
2 ch.; m. (2nd) 10 May 1S69 John G. Bogart, ce. 46, b. in N. Y. C; 
he dec; she d. 24 April 1892. Bapt.; res. New Haven, Ct. (wid., 
D wight St.). 

Children, b. in N. H.: 
i. William C. 9 b. 10 Nov. 1855 ; m. Carrie Mix ; she d. 2 April 1889 ; 

m. (2nd) April 1891 Edna Thompson. 
ii. Minnie E. 9 b. 26 Dec. 1857 ; m. Frank Nichols ; she d. 28 Dec. 1885. 

C. B. A. served in the War. 


Louisa W. 8 (Ammi L. 7 , Jabez*, Jabez 6 , Jabez') b. 11 Dec. 1843 ; 
m. 7 Dec. 1862* Newton C. Smith of New Haven, ce. 24, b. in 
Newburg, N. Y., a carriage-painter. Meth.; res. Brewster St., 
New Haven, Ct. 

Children : 
i. John Beers Munson 9 b. 23 Sept. 1864! in N. H.; m. 30 Oct. 1892 
Lottie A. Cook ; emp. Winch. R. Arms Co.; Rep.; res. New 
ii. Flora Louisa* b. 30 April 1866 in Orange % ; m. 23 June 1886 
Edward B. Hunn ; Meth.; res. New Haven. 

• Pub. Rec; Fam. Rcc, 1861. 

tPub. Rec; Kam. Rec, 18 June 1863. 

t Fam. Rec; yet rec in New Haven. 

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Julia A. 8 (John W.', Jabez 8 , Jabez 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 12 Feb. 1854 ; m. 
17 Oct. 1876 Myron G. Gilbert b. 16 Aug. 1854 in Hamden, a Rep.; 
he dec. Meth.; wid. res. Webster St., New Haven, Ct. 

Children, b. in N. H.: 
i. Clifford Myron 9 b. 9 July 1878 ; d. 10 Feb. 1882. 
ii. Abbie Mary 9 b. 11 Dec. 1880 ; d. zo Feb. 1883. 

iii. Bessie Cleora 9 b. 23 July 1883. 

iv. Lydia 9 . v. Leroy 9 . 


Helen M. 8 (Eneas', Lyman', Jabez 5 , Jabez 4 ) b. 3 June 1847 ; m. 
24 June 1869 John W. Waldorph b. 18 May 1845 i° Hillsdale, a 
farmer and Dem. Meth.; res. No. Hillsdale, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Gertrude May 9 b. 14 Jan. 1871. 
ii. James Henry 9 b. 13 Oct. 1872. 


Henry W. e (Henry 7 , Lucy J.", Isaac 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 4 Feb. 1835 ! m - 
(by Rev. Edward Strong) 16 May i860 Charlotte Adelle Thomas 
of New Haven b. abt. 1839. Gunsmith, farmer ; Rep.; Cong.; res. 
Dixwell Ave., Hamden (Plains), Ct. 

Children, rec. in H.: 
i. Jennie Adella 9 b. 4 June 1861 ; d. 16 Dec. 1867 (typhoid fever). 
ii. Codie May 9 b. 21 Feb. 1870. 

In 1882 Henry W. B was of the firm, Munson, Bishop* and Gil- 
bert (steam and gas-fitters and plumbers). He has an extensive 
contract for sprinkling New Haven streets. He has inherited his 
father's place just outside of New Haven. He served as a member 
of the Legislature in 1885. He and his wife were admitted to the 
Plains Church by profession, and 13 May 1884 he was unanimously 
chosen deacon. Mr. Munson is a very intelligent and genial 


Clifford H." (Orrin 7 , Alva 8 , Isaac 6 , Jabez 4 ) b. 10 Jan. 1859 ; m. 15 
Feb. 1882 Alice G. Smith b. 14 Feb. 1863 in Westville, Ct. Farmer ; 
Dem.; Meth.; res. Hamden, New Haven, Ct. 

*J. F. Bishop married Mrs. Munson's sister. 

Clan Jabez': Charles C 993 

Children : 
i. Hazel Alice 9 b. 19 Dec. 1886. 
ii. Yensie Mary 9 b. 22 Oct. 1892 in New Haven. 

C. H." was made freeman in Hamden, Oct. 1880. Was received 
with his wife to the Plains M. E. Church 7 May 1882 ; became an 
"official member" 2 Dec. 1883. 


Charles C. f (Charles R. 7 , Russel", Levi 1 , Jabez 4 ) b. 25 Sept. 1848 ; 
m. 12 April 1868 Mary E. Winn of Muscatine, la. Lumber-dealer ; 
" Temperance " ; " Christian " ; res. Lincoln, Neb., Denver, Col. 

Children, b. in L.: 

i. Arthur Curtis 9 *. 12 Nov. 1871. 

ii. Bessie Wolcott 9 b. 11 April 1875. 

iii. Horace Jones 9 b. 19 May 1878. 

iv. Milo Winn 9 b. 14 April 1880. 

v. Charles R. 9 , d. y. 

vi. Mary Lucia 9 , d. y. 

In Lincoln, Charles C. 8 was a wholesale lumber-dealer, succeed- 
ing Newcome, Munson and Co.; in Denver, he is a wholesale 
manufacturer's agent. We may add as a relic that Joel B. Foote 
of New Haven, guardian of Charles C. and his sister Elizabeth A., 
31 Dec. 1851 made a sale of land in Hamden from the estate of 
Levi Munson, Dec 1 ! . 


Louisa B." (John H. 7 , Russel", Levi 6 , Jabez*) b. 30 Aug. 1845 ; m. 
4 April 1S66 E. B. Criley /'. 31 March 1840 in Juniata Co., Pa., 
insurance and Rep. Pro.; " Christian " ; res. Ottumwa, la. 

Children : 

i. A. Lincoln 5 b. 6 Jan. 1867 in O.; Rep.; "Christian." 

ii. John Russel 9 b. 14 Nov. 1868 in O. 

iii. David Hare 9 b. 21 Feb. 1871 in O. 

iv. Benner Rose 9 b. 28 May 1873 in O. 

v. Fred Albert 9 b. 18 Dec. 1877. 

vi. O. P. Morton 9 b. 30 Nov. 1879. 

vii. Ina Munson 9 b. 26 Sept. 1883. 

E. B. C. was grad. of Iron City Commercial Coll., Pittsburgh. 
He was member of Co. H, 32nd Iowa Inf'y, in the War. 


Forbes" (Forbes 7 , Luther", Joshua", Jabez 4 ) b. 2 Oct. 1856 ; m, 26 
Oct. 1876 Ida Virginia dau. of William Tiller. Art-publisher in 

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'87, now drug-business in N. Y. and Phil.; res. 4515 Rubicain Ave., 
Germantown, Philadelphia. 

Children : 

i. Robert Rosecrans 9 b. 20 May 1877 in San Francisco, Cal. 

ii. William Dewitt 9 b. 21 March 1878 in Phil, 

iii. Gertrude Caroline 9 b. 24 July 1881 in P. 

iv. Philip Woodbridge 9 b. 7 May 1885 in P. 

v. Richard Norwood 9 b. 23 Oct. 1887 in P. 

vi. Edwin Sherwood 9 b. 7 Dec. 1890 ; d. 7 Jan. 1891. 

vii. Howard Leedom 9 b. 22 Jan. 1893 in P. 

For fifteen years Forbes 8 was in the general picture and art 
trade ; but he is now general manager of Munson's Homeopathic 
Family Medicine Company, with N. Y. office at 46 West 14th St., 
and Philadelphia office at 1230 Arch St. His father spelled " Mon- 
son " ; after the divorce, Forbes 8 , Jr., changed the spelling of his 
name to " Munson " ; he also dropped " Jr." while his father was 
(for a long time) supposed to be dead. He has " a comfortable 
home and a most delightful and interesting family of children." 











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Caleb 3 , Samuel*, Thomas 1 . 

Caleb 4 b. 19 Aug. 1709 in Wallingford ; m. (by Mr. Stiles) 23 
April 1735 Abigail dau. of John Brockett, b. 11 Feb. 17 11 ; he d. 25 
July 1747, ce. 37 ; she d. 17 Nov. 1800. Res. Wallingford, Ct. 

Children, rec. in W.: 

1095. i. Abner 5 b. 2 March 1736. 

1096. ii. Hermon 8 b. 28 Oct. 1738. 

iii. Cornelius 6 b. 16 April 1742; silversmith ; res. Wallingford ; Hg^~ see 

1097. iv. Benjamin 5 b. 23 Aug. 1744. 

1098. v. Caleb 6 b. 13 March 1747. 

Caleb 4 purchased 4 acres for ^40, 20 Feb. 1739 ; ii acres for 
^14, 15 May 1741 ; 6 acres for £60 at " Pond Hill Farm," 11 Oct. 
1742. He united with Brocketts 23 Feb. 174^ (15th of George 11.) 
in quitclaiming to Browns all right to lands laid out in New 
Haven from the 1st to the 7th Division inclusive, "which came or 
fell to us by our honoured Grandfather Samuel Brown " {pp. 9 
April 1645.) 

Jan. 7, 1735, 148 citizens voted in favor of ejecting intruders 
from the common lands; Caleb 4 was among the 125 " decenters." 
The public archives at Wallingford preserve this : " May y e 25, 
1741. Then branded for Caleb 4 Munson juner a black mare Coulte 
one year old with a Star in y e for hed branded Y on y e Left 
Shoulder." Add the following : "Dec. 22, 1747 In the Custody of 
W w Abig 1 Munson a Sheep marked," &c. 

The inventory of Caleb 4 , dated 7 Sept. 1747 (^1076.11.6) 
includes : — House and barn ^200 ; one-half acre " near Sam? 
Brockets homestead " ^230 ; " 4 Acres of English Corn on the 
ground" ^16, " Indian Corn and Stalks in the field " ^18 ; hay 
^20, oats ;£io, wheat ^7.-4, " Some mesling " ,£13, flax ^12.. 10 ; 
span shankle and bolt, flail, " hatchel " ; saddle, bridle and " mail 
Straps " jQg, old saddle, bridle and halter 30/, " pannel " 10/ ; 
horse ,£40, mare and colt jQio, 2 yr. old colt ^40, pr. of oxen 
^42, pr. yearling steers ^16, 2 cows ^£30, yearling heifer £8, calf 
-£4, 32 sheep ^56, 8 swine ^22 ; brass kettle £6. 15, porridge pot 
10/, six porringers 35/, 3 platters ^3, 1 doz. pewter plates ^3, 
tankard and quart pot 30/, salt mortar 4/ ; pr. fine sheets and 

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pillow coats ^5.15, 6 pillow coats 20/; looking glass 25/, 4 
pictures 5/, razor and two penknives 17/, "drinking half Jill 
glass" ; gun ^7, sword and cartridge box 35/, powder and powder 
horns bullets and bullet pouches 27/, pigeon net 70/; beaver hat 
^9, felt hat 10/, 2 checkered caps 12/, 3 white caps 6/, 2 white neck 
bands 2/6, fine linen shirt 40/, holland shirt 40/, 2 new tow shirts 
50', pr. leather breeches £2., 15, green fustian vest and breeches 
30/, 2 pr. long breeches 12/, etc.; 2 Bibles, psalter, service book, 
sermon book, Nature and Necessity of Conversion, etc. 

The debts amounted to ^19. . iS.. 6 ; adm" and funeral charges, 
jQg ..4.. 8 ; allowance for family three months, ^20 ; for bringing 
up youngest child to four years, ^44 ; next youngest to four years, 
;£i2 ; mourning suit for y e widow, £20. 13. 11 ; laid aside, £10 ; 
balance, ^997 • 7 • 5- The widow had one-third, and the residue was 
divided among five sons, the eldest having a double share. 

Widow Abigail married 22 Nov. 1750 Isaac Bronson b. 27 March 
1707, the first child born in Middlebury, whose father Isaac* born 
1670 was the first permanent settler in Middlebury. I. B. removed 
his new family to Middlebury, (where were born Titus 5 Oct. 1751 
and Abigail 12 Aug. 1753.) Four of Caleb's sons established homes 
in Middlebury;f in the Revolutionary struggle, Abner, Benjamin 
and Caleb espoused the patriot cause, while Hermon and Cornelius 
sided with the Tories. 

The five brothers received from their grandfather Caleb 3 , 7 May 
1752, 58 acres 69 rods in the west part of Waterbury — " that Called 
the Village," " it being part of the Sixty third Lott ; " Abner had 
a double share. In 1756 the brothers were presented by their 
grandfather with 132 acres (three pieces) of land in Farmington ; 
" Abner the Eldest is to have a Quarter Biger share then " the 
others. Abner received by his grandfather's Will, in 1765 app'v, 
twentv shillings, and each of his brothers received ten shillings. 

jj^" At the age of six years Cornelius* received in the division 
of his father's estate " 12 feet of the Top of the House the East 
End Chamber and Garret," 3 ft. 8 in. of the barn next to Hermon's 
section, and 6 rods 5+ ft. of land. He made sale of real-estate in 
Wallingford for ^10 in 1763. He was " of Wallingford " 9 Nov. 
1768 when he and Benjamin 1 ' of Waterbury divided between them 
58+ acres in Waterbury — a "part of the 63? Lot in that Division of 
Land Commonly Called the Village." He sold David Brown 1 
Feb. 1769, for ^50, 32 acres in the Parish of Westbury, "at a Place 

* His father Serj. Isaac is believed to have been one of the first company who came to Water- 
bury, where he lived on North Main St.; and his father John was of Hartford and Farmington. 
t Then Waterbury ; M. was org. as a parish 1791, incorp. as a town Oct. 1807. 

Clan Caleb 1 : Abner 1 . 997 

called Welton Hill." He bought of the selectmen of Wallingford 
2 April 1770 (10 George 111.) 1 acre, dwelling-house, barn and shop, 
near St. Paul's Ch., bounded W. and N. on highway ; price, ^126. 
This property he sold 29 Feb. 1772, for ^96. About the same date 
app'v he bought of the estate of Lieut. Joseph Robinson 3 hogs- 
heads, a half-bushel and a hoe. 

Cornelius was admitted freeman at Wallingford in April 1770. 
C. C. Bronson states that the principal business of a silversmith 
was to manufacture Spanish milled dollars into spoons, shoe- 
buckles, and knee-buckles ; he also wrought in brass and other 
metals. O. Doolittle brought suit against him in March 1773 for 
^9 . 7 . 7, which debt he "acknowledged." In the Revolutionary 
struggle he sided with the King and died in the British army. 
During his absence probably, he was sued 28 Jan. 1777 for an 
account of jQi ; he was sued 23 April 1779 by Oliver Hitchcock 
and wife for an account of £2 ; judgment went against him by 
default in both cases. 


Abner 1 (Caleb*) b. 2 March 1736 ; m. 24 Sept. 1764 Azubah dau. 
of Lieut. Josiah Bronson (bro. of Abner's step-father) b. 28 April 
1745 ; he d. 12 Dec. 1807 ; she d. 12 April 1816. Farmer ; Federalist 
(Whig) ; Cong.; res. Waterbury (now Middlebury), Ct. 

Children, rec. in Waterbury : 

1099. i. Caleb 6 b. 27 Jan. 1765. 

1 100. ii. Sarah 6 b. 24 April 1767. 

1101. iii. Ashbel 6 b. 6 June 1770. 

1102. iv. Aaron 6 b. 2 June 1772. 

1103. v. Azubah 6 b. 16 Nov. 1774. 

vi. Lucy 6 b. 26 May 1777 ; unm.; d. 22 Feb. 1825 or 29 ; she was of Otisco, 
N. Y. 17 Aug. 1822 when she conveyed to Abner 6 6 acres 2 roods 
" situate on brushy hill," and her right in the dwelling-house and 
barn with land from mother's dower. 

1104. vii. Hermon 6 b. 13 Oct. 17S1. 

1105. viii. Lamberton 6 b. 12 March 1784. 

1 106. ix. Abner 6 b. S March 17S8. 

Abner's choice of his uncle Joshua 4 as his guardian was allowed 
by Court in Dec. 1750. He had from his father's estate the south 
half of the " East Room " (ten feet 

"all across the Room "), the south (yl:^7^^_^ r/%6/*'-l& n ' 
side of the cellar five feet wide, 

a section of barn seven feet four inches wide, and land 12 
rods 11 inches by 32 rods. At the age of twenty-one he sold 
4 April 1757 one-third of \i\ acres which had belonged to his 

998 The Munson Record. 

father's estate in Wallingford. Abner, Hermon and their three 
brothers, 24 Oct. 1765, paid their step-father ^75^ for 85 acres "in 
the first Society South of Breakneck Hill ; " this purchase was in 
two tracts on opposite sides of a highway, and the two tracts 
appear to have been utilized as homesteads by Abner and Hermon. 
These two brothers made a sale for ^15 in 1769; and Abner in 
April 1797 bought 4 acres 60 rods on the north side of the high- 
way "about 80 Rods East of the Meeting House, in the Parish of 

" Second Book of Highways, Waterbury, Dec 7 y e 3 d 1771 Rec 1 ! of 
Selectmen of sd Waterbury One Pond Lawful Money Which is in 
full for a Highway Taken out of my Land between Isaac Bronson 
jun r and m r Abial Fairchild — Received for me Abner Munson." 

Abner" s home was in the valley about half a mile north of the 
meeting-house, and on the west side of the road, where Samuel S. 
Fenn now lives, though not in the same house. The land on which 
he settled lay "south of what was anciently known as the Bronson 
farm," writes Charles C. Bronson ; he cleared it of timber, built a 
house and barn, and spent the residue of his days upon that place. 
C. C. B. remarks that Azubah " began to keep house about half a 
mile from where she was born and on the same farm," and that she 
lived with her husband over forty years. She lived to see all her 
children except one settled in homes of their own. Abner and 
Azubuh had forty-eight grandchildren. 

Capt. Chester Curtiss remarks that Abner cultivated consider- 
able fruit, — probably produced the best fruit in Middlebury; some 
of his pear-trees, and the Captain thinks some of his apple- 
trees, are still standing west of Fenn's house. In May 1757 
thirty-three persons living in the western part of Waterbury and 
that vicinity, "petitioned the Assembly for winter privileges;" 
not granted. In May 1760 the petition was renewed, this time for 
parish privileges ; the First Society remonstrated. Among the 
petitioners was Abner Munson residing at West Branch, three 
miles or more from the meeting-house, — ^35 "list." His age was 
twenty-four. Among the forty-one subscribers to the fund for 
erecting the first house of worship, only three contributed as 
much as he. 

According to Bronson's History of Waterbury, Abner was 
"engaged in the old French War."* In 1757 a company went from 
Waterbury under the command of Capt. Eldad Lewis at the time 
of the Fort William Henry alarm. It is related that Abner would 
carry the knapsacks of his fellow-soldiers who were unwell that 

* p. 326. 

Clan Caleb': Hermon". 999 

they might not throw them away, or fall behind in the march and 
become the victims of the Indian and French scouts. He is 
described as a man of stalwart frame, and it is said that he prided 
himself upon his endurance. "In the War of the Revolution he 
was an uncompromising Whig, and was ready to aid the Colonies. 
in every way he was able." 

Abner is said to have been somewhat eccentric. We are indebted 
to his daughter Sarah for this story : While he was excavating a 
well, he had reached a considerable depth, when he prepared a 
blast ; the fuse was lighted and he retreated to a place of safety. 
But as the charge failed to take effect, he finally descended into the 
well, when suddenly there was an explosion. The family ran out 
expecting to find him blown to pieces. To their amazement he 
called from the well — " Is anybody hurt up there ? " He was 

He died of apoplexy. The following Monday, Dec. 14, his 
funeral day perhaps, was made memorable by the explosion of a 
meteor over Weston, Ct., with a tremendous report ; a fragment of 
it was sent to Yale College. 

Value of estate $2747.76. The inventory included 72 acres of 
land, 1 gray horse, 1 woman saddle, 1 loom, 1 cheese press, 1 flax 
mill, 50 bu. of potatoes ($8.34), n barrels of cider ($11), 1 large 
pewter platter ($1.25), 1 pewter gallon basin ($1.34), 1 castor hat, 
3 pr. tow trousers, 2 Bibles, Psalms and Hymns, Doddridge's Rise 
and Progress, Baxter's Call, Whitfield's sermons. 


Hermon 6 (Caleb 4 ) b. 28 Oct. 1738 ; m. 21 July 1769 Anna dau. of 
Capt. Joseph Bronson (1st cousin of Hermon's step-father Isaac), 
b. 22 May 1751 ; he d. 12 Feb. 1829, a. 91 ; she d. 29 July 1832. 
Farmer; Whig.; Episc; res. Waterbury, Ct., Medina, O. 

Children, b. in W.: 

1107. i. Mary 8 (" Molle") b. 22 April 1770. 

1108. ii. Abigail 4 b. 19 Oct. 1774. 

1109. iii. Anna 8 b. 27 Nov. 1782. 

At the age of ten years, Hermon had from his father's estate the 
" North side of the East lower Room," a section of the cellar four 
feet wide next to Abner's, a division of the barn three feet eight 
inches wide, and 6 rods 5 feet of land. About three months before 
his marriage, Hermon sold 16 acres to Isaac Bronson, Jr., and the 
same day bought 50 acres, bounded E. on highway, paying ^200. 
For a time his home was on the East side of the road, opposite 

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Abner's. About four months after marriage he sold 6 acres " a 
little southward of Breakneck Hill ; " and about four months and 
a half later (6 April 1770) he sold D. Thompson 50 acres with 
house and barn " in the first society about Three Miles West of y e 
old Meeting House." 

At some date which does not appear, Hermon removed to another 
part of Waterbury described (apparently) 11 June 1799 as "North- 
ward from the Town at a place a little southward of the Deer 
Stakes so called and commonly called Mount Taylor." He had 
purchased 30 May 1771 of his father-in-law 10 acres "situate North 
of Steels Plain so Called, beginning at Scovils Gate so Called;" 
and the same day Anna was presented by her father with several 
pieces of land valued at ^120. Among eight purchases within the 
next thirteen years, was one in 1772 of 22 acres bounded N. on his 
own land and W. and S. on lands belonging to his wife — " at a 
place called Steels Plain;" and another of 10 acres in Oct. 1814 
included " the rock spring lot so called." Among conveyances 
were 3 acres "situate by Hancocks Brook " in 1780 ; a gift of 5 
acres to Mary' 6 Jan. 1792 ; a gift to Nabbe" of 4 acres about three 
miles from town 29 April 1801, and a gift the same day to Anna" 
of 4 acres "about three miles North from sd town adjoining that 
given to Nabbe." Finally, 19 April 1820, Hermon and Anna deeded 
"our farm where we live," 109 acres with buildings, and 16 acres 
on the E. side of the river, to Victory Tomlinson ; price, $2400. 

Hermon 5 was admitted freeman at Waterbury n April 1785. 
He was chosen a tythingman Aug. 1779 and Dec. 1781 ; highway- 
surveyor in April 1787, and fence-viewer and grand-juror in Dec. 
of the same year. 

Early in the Revolutionary struggle, Hermon took his stand 
with the Loyalists, and bore arms with the red-coats. But he 
received such treatment that he deserted the British service, and 
returned home. He was closely watched ; but the animosity sub- 
sided, and a prosecution against him (and sixty-five others) was 
dismissed in March 1778. He became a faithful adherent of the 
patriot-cause. Jan. 7, 1781 he was chosen one of the nineteen 
" Collectors of the Classes they Respectively belong to ; " each 
"class," if I rightly conceive, was to procure a recruit for the Con- 
tinental army. Emeline Clark Sheridan, a great-granddaughter of 
Hermon 5 , asserts that her grandmother Mary Clark began pioneer 
life at Medina on Government land bestowed upon her father "for 
his services in the War of the Revolution." 

About 181S Mary Munson Clark emigrated to Medina. In 1820 
the two younger daughters desired to settle in the same wilder- 

Clan Caleb': Benjamin''. iooi 

ness ; and Capt. Hermon, aged 82, and his wife, concluded to 
remove and live with their children. The three families, compris- 
ing seventeen persons, started from Waterbury about the first of 
October, employing two large wagons, each drawn by two yoke of 
oxen. The cows were driven. Mrs. Munson, aged 67, rode in a 
carriage ; for thirty years she had been dependent upon crutches, 
her hip having been fractured by the kick of a horse. The Captain 
was remarkably healthy and strong and walked a good deal of the 
way. The procession halted to do baking, when necessary. On 
the morning of the last day, when eighteen miles south of Cleve- 
land, a wagon broke down, after which the patriarch, his two 
daughters, and their children, completed the journey on foot — the 
women carrying the two youngest children who were too young 
to do much walking ; they found their route by blazed trees, and 
forded the streams, swollen by recent rains. They reached their 
destination after night-fall, having been forty-two days on the 

Captain Hermon (Waterbury records of 1794, '96 and '99 so 
entitle him) " would walk to Liverpool and Columbia, ten or 
twelve miles, make a visit, and return." " I remember," continues 
Mrs. Hannah A. Bradley, " I remember seeing my grandfather at 
the age of eighty-five, teach my brothers by example to perform 
various feats of agility, such as walking on the tight-rope, standing 
on their heads, etc." He remarked during his last brief illness that 
it was the first time in his life when he had been confined to his 
bed. His Will was proved 2 March 1829 ; it is on record at 

Benjamin' (Caleb 4 ) b. 23 Aug. 1744; m. 6 June 1775 w ' d - 
Rosanna Burges of Litchfield ; she d. 31 May 181 1 ; he d. 30 April 
1813. Blacksmith; Whig.; Cong.; res. Waterbury (now Middle- 
bury), Ct., Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y. 

Children rec. in W.: 
i. Ezra" *. 31 March 1776 ; m. Sally Hitchcock ; farmer ; Cong.; 6 ch. 
—(i) Benjamin 1 , (2) Louisa 1 , (3) Maria 1 , (4) Francis 1 , res. Oris- 
kany Falls, Oneida Co., (5) Washington 1 , (6) Emily 7 . 

ii. Hannah" b. 30 Oct. 1777 ; m. Samuel Hale of Paris, a farmer ; 4 ch. 
— Samuel 1 , William 1 , Charra 1 , Mary 1 . 

iii. Melicent 6 (" Millie ") b. 1 June J780 ; fif. 9 July 1780 at Waterbury ; 
m. Jenlcs ; 8 ch.— Munson 1 , Justus 1 , John 1 , Otis 1 , Charles 1 , 
Adalinc 1 , Nancy 7 , Martha 1 . She was at Clinton, N. Y., about 
1S66, when James E. h Munson obtained from her the names of 
Benjamin's descendants ; he took down in short-hand much other 
information, which has been lost. 

1002 The Munson Record. 

mo. iv. Lewis 6 ("Louis", orig. rec.) b. 3 July 1781. 
mi. v. Justus 6 b. 15 April 1784. 

vi. Laura 6 b. 24 Feb. 1786; m. Hamlin (bro. of Justus' wife); Cong.; 
7 ch. — Ursula'', Marietta 7 , Charra 1 , Emmons 1 , Julia 1 , Antoinette 1 , 
William 1 . Emmons 1 Hamlin was of Mason and Hamlin, organ 
builders, Boston. He " was a genius, and one of the finest men 
I ever knew," writes J. E. 8 M. 
vii. Chary 6 b. 14 Sept. 1787 ; m. Smith of Paris; Cong, 
viii. Harvey 6 b. 20 Sept. 1789 ; d. 21 Oct. 1790. 
ix. Harvey 6 b. 20 Oct. 1791 ; d. 14 Sept. 1793. 

At the age of four years Benjamin's share in his father's estate 
consisted of twelve feet from the "East End of the House both 
Garret and chamber," a section of barn 3 ft. 8 in. wide, and 6 rods 
5^ feet of land. We find that in August 1767 "Benjamin Munson 
Late of Derby, Now Residing in Waterbury", purchased of 
Stephen Miles 2 acres with buildings " in the Southwest Part of 
Waterbury on the North End of Bedlum Hill so called." He 
became the owner of lands north, south, east and west of the 
meeting-house in Middlebury. In Aug. 1773, about two years 
before marriage, he bought of A. Palmer several pieces of land 
at a cost of ^200. 

His home was on the corner south of the southwest corner of 
The Green, in a mansion-like house which is still standing. The 
site of the blacksmith-shop is a few rods south of the house, and 
around about are lands which he cultivated. A purchase in 1782 
comprised 9 acres "on the East side of the great Hill so called"; 
and another in 1793 was located "about a quarter of a mile North 
of the Meeting house and the West side of the highway." 

Among his sales of real-estate were 20 acres in the Parish of 
Westbury — "Part of 63 d Lott in y". Village," — date, 1769; 15^ 
acres to Ashbel" 13 Nov. 1793 "about Sixty rods North of the 
Meeting house ;" to Aaron" 2 Sept. 1795 land one-half mile east 
of the meeting-house, ^130, — 22 Dec. 1795, 48 acres a little west of 
the meeting-house ; and to David Munson 7 acres a few rods south- 
east of the meeting-house and also land with a blacksmith shop. 

Benjamin was elected highway-surveyor in 1770, 1784; brander 
of horses 1 771, '73, '76, '77 ; grand-juror 1784; the first of fifteen 
listers, among whom were Maj. Phinehas Porter and Capt. Samuel 
Reynolds, in Dec. 1777. 

Benjamin 5 was a decided patriot in the Revolutionary period. 
He appears on the Waterbury records as a member of a committee 
of fifteen (once eighteen) chosen to provide the necessaries of life 
for the families of soldiers in the Continental Army ; this position 
he occupied by successive elections in 1777, 1778 and 1779 ; he was 

Clan Caleb*: Caleb". 1003 

chosen as the head of the committee in 1778. Early in 1781 there 
was a pressing demand for troops for Horse Neck. Waterbury, 
having resolved to raise its quota, chose a committee of six to 
procure the men ; Benjamin 5 was the first member. 

The first house of public worship, 30 feet square, and a story 
and a half high, stood on the S. W. corner of The Green ; the 
subscription-paper providing funds for erecting the house, dated 
29 March 1786, prescribed that the edifice was "to be Set on the 
top of the Hill north of Benjamin Munsons near the South East 
Corner of Josiah Brownson Jr. lot." The Green or Park was a 
part of Benjamin's farm, and according to Capt. Curtis and others, 
was presented by him to the Society.* There were 41 subscribers 
to the building-fund — ^69.16; the four largest were Benjamin 5 
£6, Amos Scott £6, Josiah Bronson, Jr. (Abner's wife's brother) 
^5, and Abner 5 ^4. But as Benjamin's subscription was partly 
in cash, the only one among the 41, he should rank as the first and 
largest contributor, without taking account of the site which was 
his gift. He engaged to pay his subscription — 10 s. in cash, ^1.10 
in nails or glass, /i in shingles, ^1 in oak-boards, £1 in pro- 
visions at the market price, and £1 in labour; while Abner 5 was 
to pay ;£i in oak-boards, /i in provisions, £1 in white-wood 
clap-boards, and^i in labour. 

The History of New Haven County states that the " Ministerial 
Fund" was begun 17 March 1790, and was raised to ,£1,086; and 
that the contributions varied from £1 to ^105, the latter being 
given by Benjamin Munson. 

When his eldest son was about twenty-one years of age, and six 
other children were fast advancing towards maturity, he deemed 
that it would be for the advantage of his family to migrate west- 
ward. He made a journey into "the Whitestown Country", as 
the county of Oneida was then called, — "almost on the western 
limits of civilization." In the south part of the town of Paris, he 
bought a tract of primeval forest ; it bore a heavy growth of beech, 
maple, basswood, elm and hemlock. Thither he removed his 
family in 1797, at the age of fifty-three, and began clearing and 
fencing his lands, and raising crops. 

Caleb" (Caleb*) b. 13 March 1747 ; m. 10 May 1781 Lucy dau. of 
Gideon Roberts of Waterbury; he d. July 1826. Cooper, joiner, 
farmer; Whig; Episc; res. Waterbury (now Middlebury), Ct. 

* The extent of BenjamiiTs donation, I do not know. April 24, 1792 he conveyed to the Society 
for £ix.a land— " beginning at the Corner between the Road Leading Northward from my 
Dwelling house", &c. 

1004 The Munson Record. 

Children, ist 7 rec. in W.: 

1112. i. Caleb 6 b. 2S May 1782. 

1113. ii. Cornelius 6 b. 12 Sept. 1783. 

1114. iii. Joseph 6 b. 16 Feb. 1786. 

iv. John 6 b. 30 Nov. 1787; unm.; d. between June 1814 and March 
1823 ; res. Middlebury ; in 1812 and 1814 he was connected with 
his brother Joseph in nine transactions relative to real-estate, — 
see Joseph 6 . 

1115. v. Harris* b. 17 May 1791. 

1116. vi. Polly 6 b. 26 Sept. 1794. 

vii. Electa 6 (" Lecte") b. 5 May 1797 ; m. (by rector of St. John's) 27 Nov. 
1822 David Mallory, Jr., of Middlebury ; no ch.; shea', in Clin- 
ton, N. Y.; res. Paris, N. Y. (1829). Received from her father's 
estate $368, and joined, 1830, in conveying her share of 54 acres 
inherited from her mother. 

1117. viii. Sally 6 /'. 19 March 1799 > n Middlebury. 

At the age of one year and two-thirds, Caleb 5 received from his 
father's estate "12 Feet of the North End of the House, both the 
Garret and Chamber, and to have Liberty to pass and Repass into 
the lower Rooms and out at Each Door, and his Right in the Barn 
is Three Feet 8 Intches in the Weadth of the Barn at the East End 
from the Top to the Bottom, which is the Sum of ^22 .. 4.. 5^ "; 
lands valued at ^25 .. 1 1 .. i£ ; and moveables ^63 .. o .. 6. At the 
age of twenty-one, in Feb. 1769, he sold 2 acres of this inheritance. 

Caleb 6 's home was where his grandson Noble' lately lived, in 
the north part of Middlebury, on the VVatertown road, just south 
of Watertown line. He appears to have made his first purchase 
there eight years before marriage : he paid J. Wells ^150 for 104 
acres "at a Place Called the Three Mile hill;" "he erected one 
of those old-fashioned lean-to houses, and a barn." He bought in 
Feb. 1775 of E. Tompkins, Jr., 4 acres at "Three mile Hill ", pay- 
ing £6 ; he re-sold it in May 1779 for the same price. He bought 
6 May 1785 of Jonathan Northrop 5 acres in Watertown, parish of 
Westbury, bounded northeast on said Munson's land. He pre- 
sented his son Caleb 6 in 1805 with 15 acres, Joseph" and John" in 
1814 with 40 acres, and Cornelius in 1823 with 16 acres. 

Caleb 6 was a builder : " I can show you a house which he built," 
said Capt. Curtiss ; " he rived the clapboards for it ; when the 
building was repaired by Buckingham, I told him I wished he 
would let them stand, and he did." In Jan. 1781 the town chose 
him one of five collectors, his name being first ; he was chosen 
highway-surveyor Dec. 1778, '83, '84, '86, '87, '88, and 1801. By 
the distribution of his estate* Wid Lucy received $1751, each son 
$859, and each daughter $368. 

* Harrison M. Curtiss has the old-fashioned, long clock formerly owned by his great-grand- 
father, the price of which was a cow. 

Clan Caleb*: Caleb". 1005 

The tradition that Caleb 6 was in the Revolutionary Army is 
robust. Thomas 7 affirms it, and says his grandfather was " quite 
a military man." Edward A." writes : " Abner 6 , Benjamin 6 and 
Caleb 1 were strong patriots, and I think they were all in the Am. 
army ; certainly Caleb' was." Dr. Byron' has always believed 
that Caleb 5 was in the Revolutionary service : " My father has 
told me so ; my uncle, Hawkins W., has told me so ; my grand- 
father, Joseph, has told me so." The Doctor says his great-grand- 
father marched with Putnam for Bunker Hill and was at the 
battle of Saratoga ; and he has a musket which his ancestor is 
reputed to have used in the service. 

Caleb" was a very large man, about 5 feet 10 inches in height 
and weighing 300 pounds, while his wife was correspondingly 
developed ; none of their sons weighed less than two hundred. 
And his alertness and strength were commensurate with his size. 
"He was spry as a squirrel," says Capt. Curtiss ; "when he was 
young, he climbed the lightning-rod of the steeple, turned the 
vane to point northwest, and fastened it there ; when the wind 
was blowing from the northeast, the people beheld the contrary 
vane and were astonished. He once arranged his pumpkin vines 
so that all ran right west towards Breakneck." When he was 
about sixty years of age, he was present at a game of " goal." 
The plavers said he was too old to run, — he might keep tally ; but 
he thought he could run. When occasion arose, he chased one of 
the players, gained upon him, overtook him, and hit him. " You 
didn't hit me !" cried the fellow. "I can !" retorted Caleb 5 , sped 
after him, overtook him again, and gave him a lunge which sent 
him tumbling. 

" He was a spunk}-, set man," said Capt. Curtiss, — " you couldn't 
turn him ; but he was a good, straight man, square as a brick." 
Caleb 6 subscribed 15s. in oak boards towards the erection of the 
first meeting-house in Middlebury. 


Caleb' (Abner 6 , Caleb') b. 27 Jan. 1765 ; m. 20 April 1790 Mabel 
dau. of Ezekiel Tuttle, of Woodbury bp. 4 April 1769 ; he d. 15 
Aug. 1826 ; she d. 9 Aug. 1841. Mfr. of wooden-ware, had a farm ; 
res. Middlebury, Winchester, Ct, Marcellus, Vesper, Sodus, N. Y. 

Children : 

i. Caleb Miles'*. 15 Jan. 1792; dwelt in Tyler Hollow, Marcellus, 

where he d. in 1813. Boyd, Annals of Winchester, relates that 

while in that town, he was a big boy, proud of his strength and 

prowess, and that he had curious ways of showing himself off to 

1006 The Munson Record. 

the smaller boys. "One day he lay down on the descending 
ground between a large, half-rotten saw-mill log and the brook, 
and told the boys they might roll the log over him, — not dream- 
ing that the little imps could move it. The)' laid hold of the log 
with a will, and it yielded to their united strength. Before 
Miles could get out of the way it had flattened him down and 
gone over him into the brook." 

1118. ii. Glover Street' b. 14 May 1794. 

iii. Leve Benham" (dau.) b. 13 Jan. 1797. 
iv. Azubah' b. 21 May 1799; <£ I 7 O ct - '799- 
v. Alvira 1 b. 24 Nov. 1800 ; m. Palmer ; has ch. living in Michigan of 

whom Mrs. M. E. Fish dwells in Jackson. 
vi. Jerry' ("Jerrey")£. 25 March 1803. 
vii. Lucy' b. S March 1806; m. 1828 Jacob Buys of Sodus ; she d. 13 

Nov. 1891 ; res. Sodus Point, N. Y. 
viii. Asa' (twin) b. 8 March 1S06 ; m. 15 March 1843 Mary Van Ormun 
of Monroe, Wis. ; he d. 2 Nov. 1884. 

1119. ix. Abner' b. 22 Jan. 1S12 in Skaneateles, N. Y. 

At the age of twenty-four or twenty-five, Caleb" settled in Win- 
chester: he was "of Waterbury " 12 Dec. 1788, and was "of 
Winchester" 3 Sept. 1790. He had purchased 20 acres in Win- 
chester of S. D. Sackett 27 Nov. 1787 ; about a year later he 
bought of the same man 20 acres " in the Society of Winsted ; " 
in Sept. 1790 he bought of J. Sweet 62^ acres, bounded N. on 
Caleb's own land, paying ^82^; and in Aug. 1792 he increased 
his real-estate at a cost of ;£ioo ; in June 1795 ne paid .£300 for 
61 acres with a dwelling-house and barn in Barkhamsted ; and 24 
Dec. 1798 he bought 42 rods of land with a dwelling-house at a 
cost of $267. 

There was a highway laid out through land belonging to him in 
Dec. 1792. We note the following sales in Winchester : May 5, 
1795, "my home lot on which I now live and contains seventy- 
nine acres and an half," ^320; Aug. 25, 1795,66 acres, ^145 ; 
Oct. 8, 1800 to Ashbel" of Waterbury land " near where the old 
Potash stood " — "with a dwelling house standing on the same." 

In Winsted, according to Annals of Winchester, Caleb " owned 
and occupied the David N. Beardsley farm, on the old hill road to 
Colebrook, living on the west side of the road in a house now 
torn down. About 1800, he lived in a house (now torn down) on 
Lake St., near the ' Old Factory house '." He was still "of Win- 
chester " 29 Dec. 1807 when he was appointed an administrator 
(with Ashbel") on his father's estate ; his share of the property 
was $205. 

Caleb* appears to have spent some time in Winchester before 
settling there ; for in Oct. 17S5, before he was twenty-one, he was 

Clan Caleb*: Sarah". 1 007 

one of forty-six who covenanted together at Torrington as fol- 
lows : " We will join together in our endeavor to procure steady 
preaching, and to keep up and maintain the steady worship of 
God among ourselves." They had Rev. Lemuel Haynes to preach 
for them, — a colored man, of great shrewdness and wit, and a use- 
ful minister of white congregations for about fifty years. In Sept. 

1786 it was voted that "Ensign Beach set the Psalm, and that 
Noah Fowler, Seth" Munson and Remembrance North be 
appointed to assist Ensign Beach to set the Psalm." In March 

1787 they put forth a declaration of principles, according to Hist, 
of Torr., and formed themselves into a regular body under the 
name of "The Strict Congregational Society," the principle of 
voluntariness in every respect being the peculiarity ; Caleb was 
one of the thirty-nine signers. (See Clan Moses 1 , John 5 .) 

In 1808 he emigrated to Tyler Hollow in Marcellus, N. Y., 
whence he moved to Vesper, and finally to Sodus, whither his 
whole family accompanied him. 

Some verses "On the Shakers," composed in 1 815, were printed ; 
we sample the sixteen stanzas. 

" A new religion's come to light : 

11 The greatest tenets they proclaim, 
Are to deny the loving flame ; 
No marriage contract they allow, 
Nor aught connected with that vov 

" No suffering man though he be po 
Is e'er sent hungry from their dooi 
No trick in dealing like a fraud, 
Can by this people be allowed." 

Sarah" (Abner 1 , Caleb 4 ) b. 24 April 1767; m. 9 Sept. 1791 Stephen 
son of Luke Hart, a farmer and Rep., b. 3 June 1768 in Southing- 
ton ; she d. 3 Oct. 1848 ; he d. 31 March 1859. Meth.; res. Win- 
chester, Ct., Mentor, O. 

Children : 
i. Lovina' b. 12 March 1793 in W.; m. 21 Aug. 1825 Zerah Doolittle 
of Winsted b. 1 Oct. 1802, a farmer and Whig ; he d. 13 June 1852 ; 
she d. 5 Feb. 1875; "Disciple"; res. Fremont, 111.; 7 ch.— (1) 
Stephen Hart 8 *. 17 May 1826 in Winsted, Ct., m. 4 July 1850 
Rhoda Bartlctt of Fremont, he d. June 1866, farmer, Rep., (2) 
Sally S. 8 b. 19 March 1828 in Concord, O., m. 26 Nov. 1850 
Gilman Goodell of Fremont, "Disciple," res. Barrington, 111., 
(3) Hannah L. 8 b. 31 Jan. 1830 in Mentor, m. 9 May 1849 J- B. 
Thomas of F., a farmer, Meth., res. Gilmer, 111., (4) L. Ira 8 b. 8 

ioo8 The Munson Record. 

March 1832 in M., d. 29 Jan. 1863, was memb. 51st 111. Vols., 
enlisted 1861, (5) Lucy M. 8 b. 28 July 1834 in M., m. Jan. 1857 
Samuel Fauver of F., she d. 31 July 1863, (6) Richard R. 8 b. 16 
July 1836 in M., m. 17 March 1875 Naomi E. Hoyt of F., farmer, 
Rep., res. Fremont, 111., (7) Azubah A. 8 *. 14 June 1838 in M., d. 
3 Aug. 1853. 
ii. Chester 1 b. 3r July 1795 in W.; m. 27 Dec. 1829 Lucy Howard b. 8 
Feb. 1797 ; he d. 17 Jan. 1870 ; she d. 21 Jan. 1873 ; farmer ; Rep.; 
res. Mentor, O.; 3 ch. — (1) Julius H. s />. g Dec. 1830 in M., m. 14 
Nov. i860 Elizabeth Brown b. 10 Nov. 1833 in Kirtland, O., 4 ch., 
he d. 28 July 1881, farmer, Rep., res. Mentor, (2) Chester E. 8 b. 
22 Feb. 1832 in M., m. 24 May 1857 Mariette Brady, 8 ch., he d. 1 
Feb. 1882, farmer, Rep., res. Pleasant Grove, Minn., (3) Laura 8 , 
d. y. Chester 1 served in the War of 1812. %gp° See below. 

iii. Roseville 1 b. 26 Aug. 1797 in Barkhamsted, Ct.; m. 6 Jan. 1825 
Lovina Kilbourn b. 21 April 1804 in Litchfield, Ct.; shea'. 18 Nov. 
1879 \ ne d- 2 ° Nov. 1879 ; farmer ; Rep.; res. Kirtland, O.; 5 ch. 
— (1) Harmon Putnam 8 b. 13 Feb. 1826 in Winsted, Ct., d. 30 June 
1833, (2) Chester Freeman 8 b. 24 March 1828 in Litchfield, d. 18 
Aug. 1829, (3) Sarah Anna 8 b. 19 Nov. 1830 in Winsted, m. 13 
March 1847 Guy W. Smith of Kirtland, she d. n April 1852, (4) 
Charles Roseville 8 b. 22 July 1834 in Mentor, d. 13 Oct. 1835, (5) 
Emily Lovina 8 b. 14 Aug. 1837 in M., Cong., res. Kirtland. 

iv. Harmon 1 b. 17 Nov. 1800 in W. ; d. 30 Aug. 1825. 
v. Lucy 1 b. 12 April 1802 in W.; d. 17 Sept. 1805. 

vi. Sally 1 b. 26 Oct. 1806 in W.; d. 15 Feb. 1S13. 

vii. Stephen Horatio 1 £. 17 Aug. 1809 in W.; m. 25 Jan. 1837 Lucretia 
dau. of Joseph Ring, b. 6 Nov. 1817 in Chesterfield, Ms.; she d. 
25 May 1879; farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Mentor, O.; 6 ch. b. in 
M. — (1) Horatio George 8 b. 7 May 1838, d. 21 June 1861, farmer, 
res. Mentor, (2) Joseph Wells 8 b. 1 May 1840, d. 3 Feb. 1844, (3) 
Turhand Grenville 8 b. 9 April 1842, /«. 25 Dec. 1S63 Eliza C. 
Robinson /;. 9 Jan. 1840 in Bennington, Vt., 4 ch., farmer, lawyer, 
justice of peace, notary public, county treasurer, Rep., res. Men- 
tor, (4) Arthur Payson 8 b. 7 June 1844, m. 15 July 1870 Helen 
Mapes b. 20 Aug. 1853 in Mentor, 7 ch., farmer, Dem., res. Men- 
tor, served 19 months in 2nd Ohio Cavalry, (5) Charles 8 /'. 26 Jan. 
1847, d. 19 Nov. 1876, (6) Mary Maria 8 b. 25 March 1849, "'■ T 7 
Oct. 1877 N. C. son of John Frost a farmer and Rep., Cong., 
res. Mentor, grad. Lake Erie Sem. 
viii. Daniel Burnam 1 /'. 6 Jan. 1812 ; m. 3 Jan. 1836 Laura E. Manley ; 
farmer; "Greenback"; township trustee 3 years ; res. Mentor; 
1 ch. — Aldie L. 8 /'. 27 Aug. 1856 in M. 

Sarah and Stephen " lived in the house nearest to Colebrook 
line on the west side of the old Still River Turnpike ; " Stephen 
had come to Winchester in 1786. Sarah received from her father's 
estate $205. They were still " of Winchester " 15 Feb. 1818 when 
they released their right in the dower of Sally's mother Azubah ; 
but they moved West in the fall of 1826. 

Clan Caleb': Chester 7 . 1009 

Sarah* and her sister Azubah", writes C. C. Bronson, possessed 
good native talent, and though their means of education were 
limited, acted well their part in the drama of life. If daughters 
could read, spell and write, people thought that schools had done 
enough ; it was deemed far more important that girls be early 
initiated into the various arts of housekeeping. Besides the 
ordinary housework of to-day, in winter and spring flax and tow 
were to be spun, and made into cloth for male and female wear in 
summer, and for various household uses ; some of it was to be 
whitened for sheets, pillow-cases, etc. In summer and fall wool 
was to be converted into fulled cloth for men's wear, and into 
flannel for women's wear, in winter. Then there was all the sew- 
ing and knitting for the family. These sisters were women of 
untiring industry, great energy, and prudent economy. And they 
were well informed by reading and observation. 

Illustrating the nerve of Sally", D. B.' Hart writes that her hus- 
band and two boys (Chester and Roseville) went to the sawmill 
intending to work all night ; that presently a great weight of snow 
on the roof brought it down suddenly with a crash, precipitating 
Mr. Hart through the pitman-hole eighteen feet into the water ; 
that having escaped with the aid of the boys, they all returned 
home, when Sally replaced the scalp which was badly torn and 
hung down the patient's back, and sewed it up so nicelv that there 
was hardly any scar noticeable after healing had occurred. 

Daniel B.' remarks that this worthy woman was very sociable, 
willing to afford aid at any time, and that she readily made friends 
wherever she was ; that she read extensively, had a good memory, 
and took great interest in politics and public events ; that withal 
she was fervently anti-slavery more than twenty years before an 
anti-slavery party was known. " She delighted to relate incidents 
of the Revolutionary War, when the French army, on their march 
northward, encamped in Middlebury." 

25^° Chester 7 is believed to have been the first of the descend- 
ants of Abner 1 who emigrated to Ohio. He drove an ox-team the 
whole distance from Winsted. After remaining three years, he 
returned on foot, averaging forty miles per day. A day's journey 
west of Albany, he applied for passage in the stage, but as there 
was no room, he continued afoot. Several times the stage passed 
him and was passed by him ; finally towards night, as he passed 
the vehicle stuck fast in the mud, some of the passengers inquired 
if he would not like to ride. He replied that he was in a hurry. 
His ambition then was to reach Albany before the stage, which he 
accomplished. The passengers next morning cancelled his bill at 

io io The Mini son Record. 

the inn, saying that anyone who could outwalk the stage should 
be without expense one night. 

Having remained in Conn, a year, Chester went to Virginia and 
took charge of a set of hands engaged in turnpiking, after which 
he returned to Ohio. He formed a partnership with Granson 
Newell for casting plows — the first cast plows on the Western 
Reserve. In 1826 he again visited Conn., this time going by stage. 
There were two rival lines, and each agreed to carry passengers 
gratuitously unless it should arrive first. An over-driven horse, 
at one stopping-place, dropped dead, whereat an Irishman 
expressed the opinion that the animal was dead two miles back 
but hadn't time to lie down ! 

In 1828, the year before his marriage, Chester dissolved partner- 
ship with Newell, took up a tract of heavily timbered land in 
Mentor, cleared it, and put up good buildings ; there he spent his 
days thenceforward. " He was a thorough farmer ; " the assessor 
of his township once complimented him with having the best 
stock which he had assessed that year. 

Ashbel 8 (Abner 6 , Caleb') b. 6 June 1770; m. 15 March 1798 
Candace dau. of Thomas Spencer of Winchester, b. 14 June 1775 
in W.; 9 ch.; she d. 11 Jan. 1835; in. (2nd) 1836 Sarah Fairfield 
wid. of John Hayes ; m. (3d) 1 June 1840 Mrs. Eleanor Croft ; he 
d. 19 Dec. 1841. Carpenter; Federalist; Cong.; res. Middlebury, 
Ct, Mentor, O. 

Children, b. in Middlebury : 
i. Horatio Lucius' b. 16 March 1799 ; d. 10 Aug. 1803. 

1120. ii. Harry Wetmore 7 b. 6 May 1800. 

1121. iii. Huldah Harriet 1 b. 7 July 1802. 

1122. iv. Emerett Merillo 1 b. 30 June 1805. 

v. Clarissa Candace 1 b. 12 Feb. 1807 ; d. 14 March 1807. 

1 123. vi. Edward Spencer 1 b. 2 Aug. 1808. 

1124. vii. Clarissa Amelia 1 b. n July 1810. 

viii. William Grinnell 1 b. 11 Aug. 1812 ; d. 30 May 1813. 
ix. George 1 b. 10 July 1815 ; m. 21 Sept. 1853 Mary Elizabeth dau. of 
Thomas Wright, b. 20 Feb. 1820 in Hudson, O., a Meth.; he d. 5 
March 1869; she d. Oct. 1883; farmer; Rep.; res. Mentor, O.; 
1 ch. — Alice Wright 8 b, 9 Aug. 1857 in M., m. 29 May 1878 Eugene 
E. son of Henry Case, b. 27 June 1850 in Hudson, O., a joiner 
and Rep., she d. 19 May 1889, Cong., res. Mentor, (had Robert 
Munson 9 b. 22 Feb. 1883 in M., and Alice Emma 9 b. 3 May 1889, 
d. 19 Sept. '89.) 

Clan Caleb'': Ashbel'. ion 

Ashbel' owned land on both sides of the highway running north- 
ward from The Green or common. His home was where Dr. De 
Forest recently lived: he bought of his uncle Benjamin, 13 Nov. 
!793> l S 2 A acres "about Sixty rods North of the Meeting house on 
the West side of the highway," paying ^70 ; Abner Munson's 
corner was one of the bounds. He bought of Hermon" in Dec. 
1809 two pieces about half a mile N.E. from the meeting-house, — 
there were 5 acres bounded "East on Derby road"; transferred in 
1818 to Lamberton" and Abner'. In Aug. 1810 he bought of Lar- 
mon Townsend two pieces : one was bounded west on highway 
and N. on Ashbel's land; the other was about "Ninety rods 
North of the Meeting House." He made purchases in Winchester 
also : 13 acres in 1795, and land with a dwelling-house in 1800. 

He sold John Bradley 2>k acres "situate a little Northeast of the 
Meetinghouse," bounded " South by the green or common and 
highway," N. on his own land, and E. and W. by Bradley's ; the 
N.W. corner was "a little South East of my shop "; date, 29 April 
1802. He mortgaged 29 acres "with my Dwelling House," on the 
west side of the road, in 1811. Among other sales were 4 acres 
" about a quarter of a mile Eastward from the Meeting house on 
the North side of the highway" in 1813 ; to Cyrus Curtiss 37 acres 
" near the centre of " Middlebury on the west side of the road run- 
ning northerly from the meeting-house; and 2 March 1821 to 
Marcus Bronson 28 acres on the east side of the road a quarter of 
a mile north of the meeting-house and 1 acre on the west side of 
the highway. 

Ashbel* built the present Congregational parsonage some time 
previous to 1812. It was designed for a tavern. Candace, wife of 
Ashbel", united with the Middlebury church in 1814. 

Mrs. Clarissa A.' Bronson writes that her father "moved to 
Mentor, Lake Co., O., July 21, 182 1 ; " means of conveyance, an 
ox-team ; time occupied, seven weeks. It was near harvest-time ; 
wheat was worth twenty-five cents a bushel ; a man's labor twenty- 
five cents a day. There was a family of eight ; " my mother 
said she cooked fifty bushels of wheat the first year." The wool 
in which their crockery had been packed for transportation, she 
carded and spun and wove into cloth. Mrs. B. adds that before 
the country was cleared of timber, the winters were not so cold as 
at present. 

Mrs. Cortentia Munson Atwater writes (1885) : "The three 
families, Munson, Parmelee, and Hart, have for more than sixty 
years lived near together, and their associations have been of the 
most intimate and affectionate character. The heads of the three 

IOI2 The Munson Record. 

families, with those of their children, grandchildren, and great- 
grandchildren who have passed away, with few exceptions lie 
buried near together in the same cemetery at Mentor." 

Aaron" (Abner 6 , Caleb 4 ) b. 2 June 1772; m. 15 March 1795 
Susannah Thomas (known also as Johnson) of West Haven ; he 
d. 1851, a. 79. Farmer; res. Middlebury, Ct., Otisco, N. Y. 

Children, b. in M. : 

i. Thomas' b. 29 Oct. 1796 ; dec; had 3 sons, it is believed ; the fam- 
ily removed to Mich. 

ii. Parley 1 b. 19 Aug. 1798 ; m. Alvah Wiard ; res. 1883 Otisco ; 6 ch. 
— (1) Hiram 8 , res. Vesper, N. Y., (2) Nancy 8 , m. Aaron Van Ant- 
werp, res. Otisco, (3) Andrew H. 8 , res. Otisco, (4) Henry M. 8 , d. 
unm. in Otisco, (5) Martha 8 , ibid, (6) Timothy J. 8 , res. Spafford, 
N. Y. 

1125. iii. Sally 1 b. 15 Sept. 1800. 

iv. Alpha 1 b. 28 Aug. 1803 ; went to Michigan about 1S50 ; dec; 3 ch. 
— (1) Florid us 6 , (2) Alvin 8 , dec, (3) Homer A. 8 , d. in the War. 

1126. v. Alfred 1 (twin) ii. 28 Aug. 1803. 
vi. Nancy 1 b. 20 Oct. 1S06. 

May 14, 1795, the year of his marriage, Aaron" "of Winchester" 
bought 64 acres in W. at the price of ^92 ; he sold this (64^ acres) 
for ;£ic>3 to P. Shepard of Colbrook, — date not noted. He 
migrated from Middlebury to Marcellus, N. Y., in 1807 ; being 
employed by David Howe, the latter, Sept. 1807, went to Middle- 
bury for Aaron's family ; and the following winter, Aaron" went 
to Middlebury for Caleb 8 and family, who returned with him. A 
record dated 21 Jan. 1808 speaks of him as "late of Middlebury, 
now of Marcellus." He worked the farm of N. Leonard two 
years, when in 1810 he removed to Vesper (Tully tp.). Thence he 
removed to Otisco: he was "of Otisco" 9 Nov. 1816 when he 
joined Sarah" of Winchester and Hermon 8 of Barkhamsted in con- 
veying their right in their mother's dower. His habitation for a 
time was a log-house ; he built his frame-house in 1825. 


Azubah" (Abner 6 , Caleb 4 ) b. 16 Nov. 1774 ; m. 8 Oct. 1804 Sam- 
uel Parmelee b. 12 Sept. 1776 in North Killingworth, a farmer 
and Rep.; he d. 17 Feb. 1850 ; she d. 3 April 1871, ce. 96. Cong.; 
res. North Killingworth, Ct., Mentor, O. 

Clan Caleb': 



Children : 

Abner Munson 1 b. 19 Aug. 1805 in North Killingworth ; m. 19 Nov. 
1850 Eunice dau. of William Kerr, b. 12 Dec. 1819 in Painesville, 
O.; no ch. ; farmer; Rep.; res. Mentor. Has been county com- 

Jemima Delight' b. 21 June 1807 in N. K.; m. 29 March 1831 Eras- 
tus Newton son of Erastus Barber, b. 1 Jan. 1804 in Simsbury, 
Ct., a farmer and Rep.; he d. 8 May 1853 ; Free-will Bapt. ; res. 
Willoughby, O.; 4 ch. — (1) Orlando Newton 8 b. 20 June 1833 in 
Spafford, N. Y., m. 29 Aug. 1867 Nettie F. Rose b. 25 Dec. 1836, 
a grad. Hillsdale Coll., she d, 30 Sept. 1875, m. (2nd) 22 Sept. 1879 
Nettie E. Payn b. 5 May 1844 in May&eld, O., a grad. of Wil- 
loughby Coll., 1 ch., bookkeeper, Rep., Episc, res. Willoughby 
— grad. Geauga Sem., some yrs. asst. supt. Am. Exp. Co., now 
chief bookkeeper L. S. & M. S. Ry. (auditor's dep't), (2) Truman 
Philander 8 b. 21 May 1834 in S., m. 25 Dec. 1858 Eunice M. Dan- 
iels b. 14 Oct. 1840 in Mentor, he d. 19 Sept. 1S82, grad. Geauga 
Sem., R. R. agent, Rep., res. Mentor, 2 ch., she Cong., res. 
Wahpeton, No. Dak., (3) Caroline Matilda 8 b. 26 Aug. 1836 in 
Mentor, m. 12 April 1858 William Hanson b. 15 Aug. 1840 in Wil- 
loughby, a grad. Willo. Coll., farmer and Rep., Meth., res. Wil- 
loughby, 2 ch. — C. M.* is grad. Geauga Sem., (4) Jennie Augusta 8 
b. 4 May 1S47 in Chester, O., m. 27 May 1867 Edward L. Barthol- 
omew b. 6 April 1845 in New Haven, Ct., a merchant and Rep., 
he d. 20 Sept. 1883, Cong., res. Willoughby, 3 ch. — J. A. 8 is grad. 
Willo. Coll. 

Lois Matilda 1 b. 17 Oct. 1809 in N. K.; d. 27 Mar. i860; res. Mentor. 

William Samuel 1 b. 6 March 1811 in N. K.; m. 3 Nov. 1S42 Jane M. 
Clark of Painesville, O.; she d. 10 July 1857 ; m. (2nd) Margaret 
Rayen ; he d. 19 Sept. 18S1 at Cleveland; banker; Rep.; res. 
Cleveland ; 5 ch. b. in Youngstown, O. — William Rayen 8 , Maggie 
A. 8 , James 8 , Robbie M. 8 , Nellie F. 8 Family of W. S. 1 , in Cleve- 
land and Youngstown, "very wealthy." 

Erastus 1 b. 20 March 1813 in N. K.; m. 25 Nov. 1841 Margaret dau. 
of William Kerr, b. iS Aug. 1813 in Mentor; no ch. ; farmer; 
Rep.; Meth.; res. Mentor. 

Azubah Sophronia 1 b. 12 Aug. 1815 in N. K. 
of Concord, O., a Rep.; she dec; res. 
Mentor ; 4 ch. — (1) Robert Maynard 8 b. 
28 Nov. 1841 in Concord, m. 1 Sept. 
1869 Alice G. Gray of Painesville, 
Dem., has been member of Congress, 
res. Piqua, O.,* (2) Helen M. 9 b. 15 Sept. 
1856 in C, m. 6 Oct. 1869 W. H. Burris, 
she d. 21 July 1873 in Denver, (3) 
Emma 8 b. in C, res. Columbus, O., 
(4) William P. 8 b. in C, res. Cleve- 
land, O. 

m. Robert Murray 

* Member 48th Congress ; unanimously nominated for 50th but not elected. Present address, 
Cleveland, O. 

1014 Tlie Munson Record. 

vii. Philander b. i March 1819 in Burlington, X. Y.; m. 13 Feb. 1851 
Lois Jane Wick *. 26 Sept. 1S29 in Youngstown ; 2 ch.; she d. 8 
Sept. 1S64 ; m. (2nd) 12 May 1S6S Elizabeth H. Cook b. in Bur- 
ton ; farmer; Rep.; Cong.; res. Burton, O.; 2 ch. b. in Youngs- 
town — (1) Wick Philander 8 b. 8 Feb. 1854, ( 2 ) Frank Abner 8 b. 16 
Nov. 1855. 

Azubah" was "of Burlington" 16 Sept. 1817 when she conveyed 
her right in 2 acres to Rachel wife of Abner". " She lived in 
Otisco when I was young," says Philander S.' ; the family went 
thence to Mentor. She made a profession of religion, and became 
a member of the Congregational Church in Painesville, O. Her 
merits have been noticed in connection with those of her sister 


Hermon 6 (Abner 5 , Caleb*) b. 13 Oct. 1781 ; m. 1 Jan. 1810 Polly 
dau. of Major Benoni Bronson of Winchester ; 4 ch. ; she d. 9 May 
1849, a. 60 ; ///. (2nd) Mrs. Smith; he d. 7 April 1854. Farmer; 
res. Winchester, Barkhamsted, Ct. 

Children : 
i. Mary 7 , unm.; d. 30 Jan. 1S31, g. 21.* 

ii. Sidney", m. Harriet ; res. Lake City, Minn.; after his wife died 

he went to California where he was drowned. He was one of 
the seventeen original members of the Winsted Temperance 
Society in 1829, which in 1836 had an enrollment of 565 names. 

iii. Emerett', m. (by Past. Cong. Ch., Winsted) 2 Nov. 1837 Henry E. 
Rockwell of Winchester, a school-teacher, afterwards shorthand 
reporter in Washington ; she d. 22 Aug. 1852, ce. 36 ; had Charles 5 , 
Edward', and, it is believed, one or two more sons. 

iv. Abigail', unm.; res. 1881 Leominster. Ms. 

Hermon' appears on the list of Winchester in 1808 " and several 
following years." He purchased for $125 the claim of a Bark- 
hamsted man to "one Certain Sawmill" 11 Sept. 1809. He was 
already a resident of Barkhamsted 13 April 1816 when he made a 
purchase of property in that town : " he lived on the Great Woods 
turnpike, about half a mile east of the town line, until his death," 
says Ann. Winch. His transactions in real-estate at Barkhamsted 
are recorded over the dates, 1818, 1834, 1836 and 1837. His death 
is said by the record to have been "accidental," — believed by 
Philander S. T to have been occasioned bv the fall of a barn-door. 

* "The grave of a daughter of Harmon Munson, who died June 28, 1831. was the first that 
was opened in the new burying-ground,'' says Ann. Winch. 

Clan Caleb*: Lamberton'. 1015 

1 105. 

Lamberton 8 (Abner 1 , Caleb*) b. 12 March 1784 ; m. 7 Sept. 1808 
Sarah Griswold b. 1 Dec. 1786 in Killingworth, Ct.; she d. 1 Sept. 
1866; he d. 4 April 1868. Shoemaker, farmer; Cong.; res. Mid- 
dlebury, Ct., Otisco, Fayette, N. Y. 

Children, b. in M. : 
i. Artemesia Fidelia 1 b. 8 April 1810 ; m. 20 March 1834 Benjamin 
Johnson Cowles ; she d. 1 Dec. 1877; he dec; res. Otisco; 1 ch. 
— Henry Lamberton 8 b. 15 March 1841 in O., m. 7 Nov. 1866 
Gertrude Theresa Bardwell b. 19 May 1846 in O., farmer, res. 
Otisco, (3 ch. — of whom dau. Louise 9 is soprano of the first quar- 
tette in Dr. Kittredge's ch., N. Y. C.) 

1127. ii. Jared Griswold' b. 18 Feb. 1813. 

iii. Nancy Maria 1 b. 28 Feb. t8i6 ; unm. ; d. 23 Jan. 1846. 

1128. iv. Philander Stephens 1 b. 18 Dec. 1818. 

Lamberton' was a shoemaker in his younger days, and twice 
went to the State of Georgia to work at his trade. While there 
the second time, a Southern friend advised him to leave, as he 
was fearful there was trouble in store for him on account of his 
Northern principles, and he left that same evening. The slave- 
owners believed that his mission to Georgia was to aid slaves in 
escaping from bondage. 

He sold Abner" 4 Dec. 1815 "a certain Shoemakers Shop stand- 
ing in said Town situate on the west side of the highway a few 
rods Southward from the Wid w Azuba Munsons dwelling house ;" 
price, $75. The previous year in March he had sold Marcus Bron- 
son the land distributed to him from his father's estate : 5^ acres 
" lying Southeast of my shop across the road," bounded S. on 
Abner", W. on highway, and E. on Ashbel 6 ; 3 roods 14 rods of 
woodland bounded E. on " the old Derby road ", N. on Lucy 
Munson, W. on Ashbel", and S. on Abner". He transferred to 
Abner" 1 Feb. 1819 for $490 his right in his mother's dower, 
together with those of Ashbel", Aaron", and Hermon", which he 
had purchased. 

In the Spring of 1819 he removed to Otisco where his brother 
and sister, Aaron and Azubah, were already living. He subse- 
quently removed to Fayette in Seneca Co. We may add that he 
was admitted by letter to the Middlebury Church in 1806, and 
that his wife was received in 1814. 

1 106. 

Abner" (Abner", Caleb*) b. 8 March 1788; m. 20 Sept. 1815 
Rachel dau. of Samuel Fenn ; he d. 22 July 1866 ; she d. 23 March 

1016 The Munson Record. 

1872, a. 86. Farmer, shoemaker ; Cong.; res. Middleburv, Water- 
town, Middlebury, Ct. 

Child : 
1129. i. Stiles Fenn 1 b. 18 Aug. 1816. 

The homestead where Abner' lived 30 April 1832, which he then 
sold to Marcus Bronson, was bounded east by a highway, etc., 
" West by the burying ground," N. by Leonard Bronson, and S. 
by Tuttle and highway ; it comprised 14 acres, and was doubtless 
his father's old place ; after his mother's death he bought up the 
rights of his eight brothers and sisters in the property between 
1817 and 1822. With the homestead he sold also 3 acres, 19 acres, 
and 1+ acres : price of the whole, $1250. 

He purchased 11 April 1832 of J. F. Welton io8i acres "in the 
Southwest part of Middlebury " — beginning "at the X. West 
corner by Count}' road." This place he sold, 105 acres with 
dwelling-house and barn, bounded E. on highway, N. partly on 
highway, to David Stone 19 Feb. 1839. A month before purchas- 
ing this property he had sold 51 acres (further south) "about a 
Mile south of the Meeting House," which he had owned about 
three years and a half. 

The estate he last occupied, (after returning from Watertown,) 
now known as the Dibble place, was purchased by him and Stiles 
F.' of Nathaniel Richardson 3 April 1849 ; the six pieces, com- 
prising 72 acres, included "the house piece or homested with 
the dwelling house wood house and other buildings " — " situ- 
ate near the East line of said town " (Middlebury). Widow 
Rachel conveyed this property, said to be located "two miles 
North East of Centre Square," to Stiles F. 7 ; date, 22 March, 1869. 

Among other transactions he and his son in 1848 bought 80 
acres with a barn in the northeasterly part of the town ; and in 
1833 he sold John Hine 3 acres in Middlebury and Woodbury, 
" with a saw mill & Dwelling House." In 1834 he conveyed to 
Marcus Bronson and three others, one-fifth of 3 acres (which 
included the present parsonage land), with a dwelling-house and 
barn, " situate on the North side of the Green or Publick Square ;" 
and in Oct. 1849 he united with Asa and Harris Fenn in leasing 
for 900 years a bit of land " situate on the east side of the Congre- 
gational Church lot, to be used and improved for the erection of 
Horse sheds thereon and for no other purpose." 

"Abner cried out with conviction under Dr. Tyler's preaching," 
said Capt. Curtiss. " He was a stanch supporter of the Congre- 
gational order," said Julius Bronson. He became a member of 

Clan Caleb*: Mary\ 10 1 7 

the Middlebury Church 6 Jan. 1832, and Rachel became a mem- 
ber 10 Jan. 1832 ; both were again admitted by certificate 30 Sept. 
1849, after their return from Watertown. 

Mary" (Hermon 5 , Caleb') b. 22 April 1770; m. (by Rev. James 
Scoville) 9 April 1788 John son of John Clark, b. 27 May 1765 in 
Milford, Ct.; she d. in 1859. Res. Waterbury, New Milford, Ct., 
Medina, O. 

Children, rec. in W. : 
i. Hermon Munson 1 b. 29 Aug. 1789; m. 8 Feb. 1816 Laura dau. of 
Philo Downs, b. 18 March 1798 in So. Britain, Ct.; she d. 20 May 
1863 at So. Amherst, O.; he d. 15 March 1865 at Ashland, O.; 
physician; Whig, Rep.; Cong.; res. Wakeman, O.; H. M. 1 C. 
studied medicine in Waterbury, surgeon in U. S. Navy 1812 to 
1815, practiced medicine at South Britain, and in 1818 removed to 
Huron Co., O.; 4 ch. b. in Wakeman — (1) Philo Henry 8 * b. 3 
Aug. 1819, m. 18 Dec. 1844 Sarah Jane dau. of Alex. M c Dougal, 
m. (2nd) 18 May 1847 Elizabeth 8 dau. of Dr. Bela B. 1 Clark of 
Ashland, physician, acting asst. surg. 1862-3, pension surg. since 
'62, Whig, Rep., res. Ashland, O., (2) Leander 8 b. 17 July 1823, 
m. 14 Feb. 1867 Maria A. Barker of Toledo, "a most estimable 
woman," she d. 2 July 1892, Prest. Toledo Savings Bank, Whig, 
Rep., res. Toledo, la., was discharged as Lt. Col. 24th Iowa at 
the close of the War 1865, (3) Hannah Maria 8 b, 17 Sept. 1828, 
m. 21 May 185 1 Dr. John C. son of John Bryant of So. Amherst, 
pres. Mercantile Coll. (grad. Cleveland Med. Coll.), Whig and 
Rep., Cong., res. Buffalo, N. Y., (4) Theodore Frelinghuysen 8 b. 
27 March 1831, m. 4 March 1858 Lucia J. dau. of Henry Tuller, b. 
in Simsbury 19 July 1850, farmer and banker, Rep., Cong., res. 
Traer, la. 
ii. Polly 1 /'. 19 Nov. 1791 ; in. 9 Jan. 1810 Horace Porter b. Jan. 1790, a 
farmer; she d. Nov. 1859; she Episc; res. Medina; 9 ch. — 8 b. 
in Medina — (1) Mary Ann 8 b. 9 March 181 1 in Waterbury, m. John 
Thompson of Medina, she d. 15 Dec. 1845, ( 2 ) Clark 8 /'. 3 Jan. 
1814, m. Celia of Medina, dec, (3)Susan A. 8 b. 1 April 1816, dec, 
(4) Lorenzo 8 b. Oct. 1818, dec, (5) Cornelia Maria 8 b. March 1821, 
m. Spangler of Medina, she d. 9 Sept. 1844, (6) John 8 b. Aug. 
1823, believed to have d. in the Army, (7) Caroline 8 b. Jan. 1826, 
m. Nathaniel Hickman, she d. 21 Feb. 1859, (8) Philander 8 b. 
April 1S28, res. 111., (9) Jane 8 b. 1830, non comp., d. 8 March 1850. 
iii. Ransom' b. 8 April 1794 ; /«. 1 May 1820 Betsey dau. of John 
Adams, b. 29 Dec. 1800 in Washington, Pa.; he d. 31 Jan. 1868 ; 

• Dr. Clark has wrought out the genealogy of Mary Munson Clark's branch with thorough- 
ness and elegance. We deeply regret that the plan of this history requires us to condense and 
mutilate his fine work. The Doctor is the author of an essay on " The Genesis of Sex," which 
has been favorably noticed by the medical press of the United States and England. A most ardent 

1018 The Munson Record. 

she d. 16 Sept. 1873; farmer; Rep.; Episc; res. Medina, O.; 7 
ch., b. in M. — (1) Lucius Augustus 8 b. 8 July 1821, m. 27 May 
1847 Sarah P. Miner of Oak Grove, Ky., he d. 4 April 1850, phy- 
sician (grad. Cleveland Med. Coll.), Rep., (2) Lucien 8 b. 20 Sept. 
1822, m. 6 Dec. 1848 Pauline Wilder of Oak Grove, farmer, Dem., 
res. Elsie, Mich., (3) Laura Almira 8 b. 24 March 1824, m. 31 Dec. 
1843 John F. Miller of Medina, a farmer and Rep., he d. Nov. 
1888, res. Medina, (4) Antoinette 8 b. 5 Jan. 1826, m. 22 March 184S 
Milton Thayer of Medina, a farmer and Rep., she d. Nov. 1890, 
res. Montville, O., (5) Mariette 8 b. 7 Nov. 1827, m. 30 Jan. 1S51 
John C. Clark of Oak Grove, Ky., who d. in 1863, a Rep., she d. 
Aug. 1888, res. Medina, (6) William 8 b. 5 March 1S30, m. 6 March 
1854 Susan Crockett of Clio, Ky., he d. April 1892, Rep., res. 
Somerset, Ky., (7) Martha 8 b. 5 June 1836, m. 23 April 1S57 Orson 
Williams of Medina, a Rep., res. Cleveland, O. 
iv. Bela Bronson' b. 1 Oct. 1796 ; m. 29 Oct. 1820 Sophronia Pomeroy 
dau. of Roger Searle, b. 28 Oct. 1803 in Pittsfield, Ms.; he d. 26 
Aug. 1859; physician; Rep.; Presb.; res. Ashland; 3 ch. — (1) 
William R. S. 8 b. 26 Nov. 1821 in Medina, m. 27 June 1843 
Frances C. dau. of Dr. Putnam Barron, of Edinburgh, O., who d. 
11 Dec. 1862, m. (2nd) May 1865 Adaline Sleuker of Greenville, 
O., he d. 20 July 1882, grad. M.D. at Cleveland, 34th Ohio in War 
of Rebellion, (2) Sophronia M. Elizabeth 8 b. 22 April 1827 in Wey- 
mouth, O., m. iS May 1847 Philo Henry 8 Clark, M.D., Presb., 
res. Ashland, O., (3) Charles F. M. 8 b. 9 Dec. 1840 in Brunswick, 
O., m. 17 Dec. 1861 Elizabeth Wright of Tipton, la., postmaster. 
Rep., Presb., res. Waukee, la. 
v. John Lines' b. 8 Aug. 1799 ; m. 10 Nov. 1823 Almira dau. of David 
Stevens, b. 15 April 1805 in Pittsfield, Ms.; he d. 30 Dec. 1853; 
she d. 16 Nov. 1873 ; farmer ; sheriff of Medina three terms ; 
Whig.; Episc; res. Medina; 7 ch., b. in M. — (1) Evaline 8 b. 30 
April 1825, m. 14 Aug. 1850 John son of William Sheridan of 
Ashland, a physician and Dem., Episc, res. Circleville, O., (2) 
George Frederick- b. 10 April 1828, /«. 18 Nov. 1851 Almira H. 
dau. of Austin Loomis, of Albion, Ind., he d. 4 Sept. 1878, mer- 
chant, Rep., Episc, was colonel in the Army, (3) Francis Boli- 
var 8 b. 7 April 1830, m. 1 March 1S55 Adelaide M. dau. of Joseph 
G. Pritchard of Medina, who d. 29 March 1857, m. (2nd) 20 Jan. 
1859 Minerva L. dau. of Nathan Branch, of M., who d. 4 Dec. 
1863, m. (3d) 19 Jan. 1865 Delight A. dau. of Jefferson Proutv, of 
M., farmer, Rep., Episc, res. Medina, was treas. of Medina Co. 
two terms, (4) Helen 8 b. 21 Jan. 1832, m 10 Aug. 1S53 James C. 
son of James Loughry of Circleville, O., a Rep., Episc, res. 
Pittsburg, Pa., (5) Mary Ann 8 b. 25 Nov. 1833, single, Episc, res. 
Pittsburg, Pa., (6) Emily 8 b. 7 Dec. 1835, m. 13 Nov. 1862 Elias 
son of Jacob Weaver of Circleville, a farmer and Rep., she d. 1 
Nov. 1882, Episc, (7) John 8 b. 1 Sept. 1838, m. 27 Sept. 1876 Tilly 
dau. of Robert Henton, of Circleville, farmer, Rep., Episc, res. 
Tabor, la. 

Clan Caleb': Mary'. 1019 

. Amos 1 b. 3 Dec. 1801 ; /«. 31 May 1827 Ruth Ann dau. of John 
Manvel, b. 23 Aug. 1804 in Woodbury, Ct. ; she d. 2 April 1878 ; 
he d. 6 Sept. 1884; farmer, justice of the peace ; Rep.; res. 
Wakeman, O.; 8 ch., b. in W.— (x) Edwin A. 8 b. 25 July 1828, m. 3 
July 1853 Mary A. dau. of Joseph Coon, of Florence, O., he d. 27 
May 1882, farmer, Rep., res. Washington, Mich., (2) Cyrus M. 8 b. 
17 July 1830, unm., d. 19 Feb. 1872, mercantile, Rep., (3) Albert 8 
b. 3 Feb. 1835, unm., farmer, Rep., res. Wakeman, (4) James W. 6 
b. 27 Aug. 1836, m. Feb. 1873 Mary E. M'Comb of III., farmer, 
Pro., res. Columbia, Mo., was in Co. K, 1st Nebraska V. C, (5) 
Mary L. 8 b. 5 Dec. 1838, m. 12 Dec. 1866 Henry B. son of Jarvis 
Foot, of Fitchville, O., a farmer, Rep., and was in Co. B, 166 O. 
V. I., res. Clarendon, Mich., (6) John M. 8 b. 19 June 1840, d. 8 
March 1851, (7) Julia M. 8 b. 23 June 1847, m. 24 Dec. 1868 Isaac 
P. son of Joseph Haskins, of Wakeman, a farmer, Rep., and was 
in Co. F, 3d O. V. C, res. Wakeman, (8) David H. 8 b. 17 Sept. 
1849, '"• 16 March 187 1 Evarilla E. dau. of Bernard Duffy, of 
Macon City, Mo., farmer, Pro., res. Wakeman, (1892) Sandwich 
feremiah' b. 4 June 1804 ; m. 4 Oct. 1826 Jane C. dau. of Thomas 
Morris, b 24 July 1803 in Ohio ; no ch.; she d. 8 Feb. 1831 ; m. 
(2nd) 3 Sept. 1S33 Julia A. dau. of David Fox, b. 29 July 1805 in 
Hardie Co., Va.; she d. 31 May 1S81 ; he ,/. 5 March 1865 ; phy- 
sician, farmer; Rep.; was licensed by Ohio Med. Soc; res. 
Reese's, O.; 9 ch., b. in Franklin Co., O.— (1) Ann Eliza 8 '*. 20 
June 1834, d. 13 Sept. 1834, (2) Mary Munson s b. 10 Aug. 1835, m. 
23 Aug. r86o John C. son of Andrew Platter, a farmer and Rep., 
res. Reese's, (3) Thomas Morris 8 b. 9 March 1837, m. 11 Dec. i860 
Sarah J. dau. of Samuel Frank, who d. 16 Sept. 1867, m. (2nd) 24 
Oct. 1877 Ellen dau. of Nathaniel Hickman, farmer, Rep., res. 
Franklin Co., O., (4) John Decker 8 b. 22 Dec. 1838, d. 6July 
1842, (5) William Fox 8 b. 26 Aug. 1840, m. 15 March 1866 Malinda 
N. dau. of James German, farmer, Rep., res. Shadeville, O., (6) 
Gustavus Henry 8 b. 8 Oct. 1842, m. 26 Sept. 1867 Ann H. dau. of 
John Millar, farmer, Rep., res. Reese's, served in the War, (7) 
Jeremiah* b. 27 Sept. 1844, d. 26 Feb. 1865, served in the War! (8) 
John Fletcher 8 b. 16 Dec. 1846, m. 1 April 186S Eliza Elliott, (9) 
Sarah Ann 8 b. 16 Feb. 1849, m. 12 Dec. 1867 Frank B. son of 
John Herr, a farmer and Rep., res. Reese's. 
Anson 1 b. 10 Dec. 1806 ; m. 12 April 1827 Sarah Emeline dau. of 
Joseph and Anna Munson Pritchard, b. 7 Nov. 1807 in Water- 
bury, Ct.; he d. 19 Nov. 1876 ; she d. 14 June 1891 ; clergyman ; 
Rep.; Episc; res. Medina, O.; grad. Kenyon Coll., rector in 
Elyria, Norwalk, Circleville, Massillon, O., and 1S54 Rockford, 
111.; 3 ch.— (1) Sarah Ellen* b. 12 April 1828 in Medina, m. Nov.' 
1856 Bcla D. Whitman of Rockford, 111., a Rep., she d. 11 March 
1878, Episc, (2) Frances Elizabeth 8 b. 8 April 1S30 in Med., m. 23 
Sept 1852 George son of John C. Searle of Cornwall, Eng., a 
farmer and Rep., Episc, res. Medina, (3) Henry Melville 8 *. '10 
Sept. 1848 in Massillon, d. 15 Nov. 1848. 

1020 The Munson Record. 

ix. Abel 1 *. 12 July 1812; m. 13 May 1839 Florilla Jane Miner b. 10 
Sept. 1821 in Greencastle, O.; she d. 29 Nov. 1869 ; he d. 10 May 
•1870; physician; Rep.; res. Xenia, O.; 8 ch. — (1) Erwin Miner 6 
b. I May 1840 in Groveport, O., d. n July 1840, (2) Mary Elvira 8 
b. 1 Aug. 1S44 in G., m. 24 May 1870 David T. son of David 
Kelly, of Xenia, she d. 29 Sept. 1873, Rep., res. Xenia, (3) 
Harry 6 *. 5 May 1847 in G., d. 15 July 1848, (4) Ellen Pauline 8 b. 
28 Feb. 1849 in G, d. 17 April 1869,(5) Blanche Malvine 8 b. 29 
June 1852 in G., m. 18 Nov. 1S73 William son of Michael Powers, 
of Xenia, she d. 17 Nov. 1S75, Rep., (6) Myra Florelle 8 b. 7 Aug. 
1854, m. 1 Jan. 1874 Brinton son of Davis Fifer of Xenia, he dec, 
Rep., res. Xenia, Wichita, Kan., (7) John Miner' b. 15 June 1S57 
in Lithopolis, O., d. n Aug. 1857, (8) James Miliner" (twin) b. 15 
June 1S57, d. 20 Aug. 1857. 

About four years after marriage Mary" received from her 
parents (6 Jan. 1792) a gift of 5 acres in Waterbury. By her 
father's Will she received (1829) 56 acres of land "abutting East 
on Rocky River, West on the State road." She is characterized 
by a granddaughter as full of loving-kindness, friendly towards 
the poor, and faithful to her church ; another remembers her 
grandmother as an interesting and unique character ; and it is 
added that her many good qualities shone with increased lustre as 
she advanced in years. 

It is very remarkable that four of her sons, and three of her 
grandsons, were physicians, while two granddaughters were wives 
of physicians. At her death she left behind her sixty-one grand- 

1 108. 

Abigail" (Hermon 6 , Caleb') b. 19 Oct. 1774 ; m. Johnson Warner 
b. 22 May 1774, of Waterbury, a farmer and Whig. Episc. ; res. 
Waterbury, Ct., Medina, O. 

Children : 
i. Narcey 1 b. 8 Feb. 1795; m. 1813 Chauncey son of David Prindle, 
a farmer and Whig, b. 3 July 1795 in Watertown ; she d. 13 Sept. 
1871 ; he d. 8 May 1872 ; Episc; res. Watertown, Ct.; 3 ch. — (1) 
Maria Polly 9 b. 3 Oct. 1814 in W., m, 16 Feb. 1848 Aaron W. 
Bacon of Grafton, Vt., a Rep., he d. 13 May 1S82, Episc, res. 
Oberlin, O., (2) Henry Hobart 8 b. 2 May 1818 in W., m. Oct. 1849 
Christina Spafford, he d. abt. 1879, farmer, Rep., Meth., res. Car- 
lisle, O., (3) Mary Jane 8 b. 25 Oct. 1824 in Carlisle, m. 5 July 1843 
Jared Slaughter of C, a Rep., 4 ch., shed. 13 May 1866, res. Car- 
ii. Hermon" b. 19 Nov. 1796; shoemaker; Whig; Episc; res. Ply- 
mouth, Ct.; dau., Mrs. Mary J.' Lake, res. New Haven, Ct. 
iii. Harvey' b. 27 Nov. 1798; mechanic; Whig; Episc; res. Strat- 
ford, Ct. 

Clan Caleb': Anna'. 1021 

iv. Betsey 1 , d. a. abt. 3 y. 
v. Horace 1 b. 29 April 1S03 ; m. Adeline Matthews ; mechanic ; Whig ; 

Episc; res. Bristol, Ct. 
vi. Betsey Maria 1 b. 26 April 1805 ; m. abt. 1823 Jeremiah Warner; she 

d. 8 March i860 ; res. Medina, O. 
vii. Edwin Homer 1 b. 31 May 1807 ; m. Clara Hitchcock ; d, abt. 1850 ; 

farmer ; Whig ; Episc; res. Medina, O. 
viii. Henry Munson 1 b. 9 June 1809 ; m. Sarah Slaughter ; he d. abt. 
1875; farmer; county treas. ; Dem.; res. Black Earth, Wis. 
ix. Herschel 1 , while young drowned in Naugatuck River. 
x. Lucius Herschel 1 b. 26 Aug. 1815 ; m. 1839 Julia A. Dennison ; 

mechanic; Rep.; res. Carlisle. 
xi. Jane 1 b. 26 Aug. 1820 ; d. y. 
xii. Jane Abigail 1 b. 30 Oct. 1821 in Medina, O.; d. 1836. 

In April 1801 Nabbe 6 was presented by her parents with 4 acres 
about three miles from Waterbury. She received 50 acres by her 
father's Will. The family removed to Medina in 1820. 

Mrs. Bacon writes that Chauncey Prindle removed to Medina 
in Oct. 1821, being six weeks on the road ; that in the Spring of 
1823 he moved to Carlisle, then a howling wilderness, having cut 
a road for himself one mile of the distance ; his shanty had a floor 
of earth and a roof of bark, but neither door nor chimney, — fire 
was built on the ground and the smoke allowed to find its way out 
through crevices. 

1 109. 

Anna* (Hermon 1 , Caleb 4 ) b. 27 Nov. 1782 ; m. 27 Dec. 1798 
Joseph Pritchard b. 16 Sept. 1776 in Waterbury, a mechanic and 
Whig; she d. 26 July 1865 ; he d. 22 Oct. 1867. Episc; res. Water- 
bury, Ct., Medina, O. 

Children ; 

i. Isaac B. 1 b. 1 Sept. 1800 in W.; d. Sept. 1800. 

ii. Isaac B. 1 b. 26 June 1S02 in W.; unm.; Whig; d. 10 Oct. 1882. 

iii. William 1 b. 14 Feb. 1804 in W.; d. y. 

iv. William 1 b. 26 July 1805 in W.; d. May 1821 ; the Spring after the 
family settled in Medina, J. P., three sons, and several neighbors, 
went out on a wolf-hunt ; they had surrounded a deer, when a 
ball from a neighbor's gun, accidentally discharged, pierced the 
heart of William ; his was the first grave made in the new ceme- 
tery which he had himself helped to clear a few days previously. 

v. Sarah Emeline 1 b. 7 Nov. 1807 in W. ; m. 12 April 1827 Anson son 
of John and Mary Munson Clark, which see ; reported to have 
been a peerless woman. 

vi. Joseph Garrett 1 b. 16 July 1810 in W.; m. Dec. 1835 Maria Fitch *. 
20 Nov. 1805 in Charlemont, Ms.; he d. 23 Feb. 1844 ; mechanic ; 
Rep.; Meth.; res. Medina, O.; 3ch., born in M.— (1) Adelaide 3 b. 

1022 The Munson Record. 

3 Sept. 1S36, m. 1 March 1855 Francis B. 8 son of John L.' Clark, a 
farmer and Rep., she d. 29 March 1857, res. Medina, (2) William 11 
b. 16 July 1838, d. 29 Dec. 1839, (3) James F. 8 * b. 28 May 1843, m. 
27 March 1881 Elizabeth S. Maule, 4 ch., farmer, Rep., res. 
" vii. Eli Bennett 1 b. 1 June 1813 in W. ; m. 11 Aug. 1840 Calista Kings- 
bury of Brunswick, b. 1818, a Cong.; no ch.; she d. 11 Jan. 
1841 ; m. (2nd) 27 Nov. 1S44 Julia Edwards b. 1827 in New York, 
a Meth.; she d. 5 May 1883 ; he d. 17 Feb. 1890 ; physician ; Rep.; 
res. Emerson (P. O., Beebe), Mich. — grad. Willoughby Med. 
Coll.; 5 ch., b. in Huntington, O. — (1) Calista Eliza 8 b. 12 Oct. 
1845, m. 20 Oct. 1862 Ira S. Lewis of H., a school-teacher, res. 
East Trumbull, O., (2) Mary Ophelia 8 b. 17 Aug. 1847, m. Samuel 
Smith of H., a teacher of penmanship and Rep., Cong., res. 
Emerson, (3) Lyman B. 8 b. 18 Sept. 1849, m. 20 Feb. 18 — Olive 
Smith of H., livery, Rep., res. Sheridan, Mich., (4) George Co- 
ville 8 b. 12 Jan. 1852, veterinary surg., Rep., res. Sheridan, (5) 
Joseph Philemon 8 b, 7 July 1854, m. 4 April 1S82 Anna Burgess 
of St. L., farmer, Rep., res. St. Louis, Mich, 
viii. Lyman' b 16 July 1816 in Watertown, Ct.; m. 3 July 1864 Nancy 
Truman of Medina ; mechanic; Rep.; res. Medina; held various 
county offices; 2 ch. — (1) Melville 8 b. 27 May 1866 in M., m. 17 
April 1892 Lura Baker, farmer, Rep., res. Medina, (2) Clarence 8 
b. 3 Jan. 1871 in M., farmer, res. Medina. 
ix. Hannah Anna 1 /;. 6 Aug. 1S21 in Medina ; m. 7 Oct. 1S46 William 
son of William Bradley,^. 30 Dec. 1819 in Lee, Ms., a farmer and 
Rep.; he d. 26 Sept. 1892 ; Meth.; res. Wellington, O.; 9 ch., b. 
in W. — (1) Elbert Osborne 8 b. 20 Oct. 1847, m. 22 Oct. 1868 Lucia 
A. Sweet of Spencer, O., wholesale cheese clerk, Rep., Meth., 
res. Wellington, (2) Burton Pritchard 8 b. 23 July 1849, m. 27 Jan. 
1873 Maggie English of Washington, Mich., farmer, Rep., res. 
Fulton (P. O., Pompei), Mich., (3) Sarah Ellen 8 b. 14 June 1852, 
in. 24 Dec. 1872 Watson F. Starr of Penfield, Rep., Meth., res. 
Penfield, O., (4) James 8 b. 7 June 1854, d. 8 Aug. 1854, (5) Joseph 
Henry 8 b. 12 May 1857, m. 10 Sept. 1880 Addie Belle Dyer of Wel- 
lington, tanner, Rep., res. Wellington, (6) George A. 8 b. 5 Sept. 
1659, d. 18 Sept. '59, (7) Mary Allie 8 b. 1 Jan. 1861, Rep., Meth., 
res. Wellington, (8) Cora Belle 8 b. 24 July 1863, d. 28 Aug. '63, (9) 
Fred Eldridge 8 b. 28 Feb. 1865, m. 24 Dec. 1891 Kate Bachtell, 
wholesale cheese clerk, Rep., Meth., res. Wellington. 
x. Mary' b. 1823 ; d. 1823. 

xi. Mary Gaines' b. 7 Aug. 1825 in M.; m. 1 April 1862 Lucius B. son 
of Daniel Nettleton, b. in Ct., a farmer and Rep.; she Meth., he 
Cong.; res. Medina. 

Anna" was presented by her father with 4 acres in Waterbury 
"adjoining that given to Nabbe " 29 April 1S01. With her family 
she emigrated to Medina in 1820. 

•Writes tbat he has "the three-cornered chair" which his great-grandfather, Capt. M. 
occupied during his travels in the ox-cart from Conn, to O." 

Clan Caleb*: Lewis". 1023 

Lewis" (Benjamin 1 , Caleb') b. 3 July 1781 ; m. Betsey . 

Farmer ; res. Beloit, Wis. 
Children : 
i. Addison'. ii. Tamerlane', 
iii. Francis Fenelon 9 ; we quote the Cincinnatti Commercial Gazette of 
15 Dec. 1883: "The Will of Francis Fenelon Munson was 
admitted to probate yesterday and his brother appointed execu- 
tor. The estate, consisting of $25,000 worth of real-estate, is left 
to the brother, and both of the daughters of the deceased are 
disinherited. The Will gives as reasons for this that they ' did 
not show a daughterly solicitude for me during my long sick- 
ness'." Divorced, 
iv. Parnell' />. 5 Jan. 1821; m; d. 19 June 1890; res. Chicago, 111. 

Amherst, Ms.; £W see below. 
v. Cecelia'. vi. Amelia'. 

Lewis* was presented with a farm by his father, but he " was 
not a successful business man." He was a man of intelligence 
and extensive reading, but he was very eccentric in his inter- 
course with his fellow-men, and his manner of expressing his 
opinions was not always pleasant. 

ZST" The Springfield Republican of June 27, 1890 states that 
Parnell removed to Amherst from Chicago six or eight years ago. 
"After spending one or two summers there, he built the costly 
residence at South Amherst and moved there permanently. 
Previous to his coming he had held the office of United States 
marshal for the District of Chicago, and was largely interested in 
real-estate speculations and in city contracts. Since making his 
home in The East he had manifested great interest in the pros- 
perity of the town, and was a member of the board of selectmen 
for several years, spending much time in superintending the 
improvement of the highways. The last two winters he spent 
with his wife in travelling South and West, visiting Mexico, 
Southern California, and other points, and had only recently 
returned from a tour of six months on the Pacific Coast." 

Parnell' went to New York the Wednesday previous to his 
death, for a pair of horses, and returned with them to Amherst by 
the freight train Thursday night at 11 o'clock. It is supposed 
that the caboose in which he was riding, stopped over the College- 
street bridge, that he stepped off into the darkness, and was pre- 
cipitated through the open space between the tracks fifteen or 
twenty feet to the ground and was instantly killed. At 12.45 
Friday morning the engineer at the electric-light station closed 

1024 The Munson Record. 

the building and started for home with a lantern. As he passed 
under the bridge he stumbled over the feet of a man lying on his 
right side and breathing heavily. Near by was the lifeless body 
of an older man lying on his face, the heads of the two men 
being close together. The latter was Parnell, the former, " Con." 
Shay, a former employe of Parnell. Shay could remember only 
that he talked with Mr. Munson at Palmer, that the latter had the 
horses watered there, and that he was anxious to get to Amherst 
with them. 

By his Will all his property was left to his wife. It was stipu- 
lated, however, that a monument to cost not less than $10,000 
should be placed over his grave at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chicago. 


Justus" (Benjamin 5 , Caleb*) b. 15 April 1784 ; m. Millia Orra 
Hamlin (sist. of Laura°'s husb.) b. 18 Aug. 1787 in Westmoreland ; 
she d. 28 Aug. 1845 ; he d. 11 June i860. Farmer; Cong.; res. 
Paris, N. Y. 

Children, b. in P.: 
1130. i. Julius 1 b. 24 June 1S06. 

ii. Maria Emeline 1 b. 18 July 1808; m. Rouse; she d. 30 July 1868; 

iii. Charles 1 b. 10 June 1810; d. 27 Feb. 1812. 

iv. Martha Caroline 1 b. 29 June 1813 ; m. Wicks ; she d. 24 Aug. 1851. 
v. Hannah 1 h. n Jan. 1821 ; m. Wright ; res. 1874, Rome, N. Y. 

Justus 6 was thirteen years of age when his father moved into 
the wilderness at Paris in 1797. Pioneer life was a reality to him. 
He spent sixty-three years on the place which his father cleared, 
and there died. He and his wife were members of the church at 
Paris Hill. 

Caleb 6 (Caleb 5 , Caleb 4 ) b. 28 May 1782 ; m. Thanksgiving Day 
1809 Amy Garnsey b. Dec. 1791 in Saratoga, N. Y.; he d. 14 July 
1844; she d. 31 March 1867 in Havana, 111. Farmer; Dem.; 
Meth.; res. Middlebury, Ct., Pittsford, Perrinton, N. Y. 

Children : 
i. Mary A. 1 b. Nov. 1810 in M.; d. Nov. 1824. 

ii. David C. 7 b. 24 May 1812 in M.; d. Nov. 1830 ; farmer ; Meth.; res. 

1131. iii. Esther C. 1 b. 5 April 1S16 in M. 

1132. iv. Emily 1 b. 22 Oct. 1818 in M. 

Clan Caleb*: Caleb". 1025 

v. Sally M. 1 b. Spring of 1821 in M.; d. Jan. 1824. 

1133. vi. George Stiles' b. 25 May 1824 in M. 

vii. Asahel C. 1 b. Aug. 1827 in M.; d. unc. 28 Aug. 1830. 

1134. viii. Harriet M. 1 *. 6 Aug. 1830 in Pittsford. 

ix. Josephine M.' b. 6 April 1835 in Perrinton ; m. Oct. 1861 Almond 
Sloane of Chilli